Bloomberg Law
Jan. 13, 2022, 4:50 PM

Seawater Tempting, Costly Drought Defense for Landlocked Arizona

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to remove salt from seawater as an antidote to the landlocked state’s intensifying drought overlooks what water lawyers say is the best medicine: using less water.

Ducey (R) said this week he is working with Arizona Republican leaders to invest $1 billion over the next three years on a state initiative to build large-scale water augmentation projects.

The plan to secure the state’s water supply for the next century includes desalination, an increasingly common global solution to obtain fresh water but one more closely associated with coastal states such as California and countries such as ...

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