Water Supply A Mirage In Phoenix

Phoenix, a desert city, is becoming infamous for its conspicuous consumption of water.
October 6, 2003, 2pm PDT | Connie Chung
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"As cities in other parts of the West struggle to conserve water in the face of a drought that has been gripping the region for years, Phoenix is going about business as usual....Not only are there no mandatory water restrictions, but some people who let their lawns die from lack of watering are ticketed. Some homeowners associations are requiring lawns even to be kept up during winter....Phoenix isn't as vulnerable as some cities to running out of water because multiple sources supply the metropolitan area of about 3 million people....But even with the searing temperatures, including days on end of triple-digit heat in Phoenix and a lack of rainfall, you can sometimes almost forget that the nation's sixth-largest city rests in the middle of miles of sand."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 in The Boston Globe
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