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Arizona has taken advantage of its access to the Colorado River over the years to store more than 3.6 million acre-feet of water, making the state a national leader in saving up water for future dry spells. There's just one problem: how to get it out.
Some of the largest storage facilities in the state have no infrastructure to pump water to the cities they serve. As dry years and water shortages loom on the horizon, access to those reserves is becoming increasingly urgent. Tony Davis reports on the conundrum in the Arizona Daily Star, covering the practical and political questions facing the effort to create a new recovery plan by the end of this year.