Arizona artesian springs could dry up by 2025

Jan. 21, 2014

DEL RIO SPRINGS, Ariz. — The spring flow has dropped six cubic feet per second since 1935.

DEL RIO SPRINGS, Ariz. — The Arizona Department of Water Resources estimates that the rare artesian springs in Del Rio will be gone by 2025, according to an article by the Chino Valley Review.

The largest springs complex has dropped from about six cubic feet per second in 1935 to a current flow of only 0.5 cfs, putting the springs "pretty much right on track," to dry up in 2025, the article reported.

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Experts hope Del Rio owners will try to avoid building around the springs, as residential wells currently have no restrictions under Arizona law, which does not recognize the connection between groundwater and surface water, noted the article.

The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) recently released a new report called "Arizona's Next Century: A Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability," the article continued, which notes that residential wells in the northern Chino Valley area have dropped an average of 20-30 feet since 1994 because of groundwater pumping.

The ADWR is also working on a water management plan for the area, expected to be implemented in 2016 or 2017, the article noted.

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