- May 24, 2010
For many years Arizona was "replenishing" ground water usage with surface water rights to balance their books. When it was clear that surface sources would become severely constrained that system lost effectiveness and new use water rates began skyrocketing. This threatened to stall Arizona's suburban sprawl and as a result the state started buying out Indian water rights to help keep their growth expanding. Last I checked toilet water processing was able to reclaim around 5% of the all water used and they can probably double or triple that amount in the future but it will never be enough to save Arizonans from their own hubris. That being said not everyone will suffer equally and if you bought the right land from the right people at the right time you will be fine while everyone else is screwed.