David Calvert, The Nevada Indepent

Daniel Rothberg

The Nevada Independent

Twenty-two miles outside of the nearest town (Wells, pop. 1,246), graffiti on a crumbling hotel wall reads: “Home on the Strange.” Down a dirt road, there’s an abandoned car. An arch stands at the entrance of a dilapidated school. It’s what is left of a town that lost most of its water rights.

Bret Jaspers fpr KJZZ

Bret Jaspers, KJZZ


Central Arizona has been booming -- more people, more houses, more need for water. There’s also a long-term drought, and less water to buy from the Central Arizona Project canal system. It’s leading Phoenix exurbs to cast about, looking for new buckets.

Nick Cote for KUNC/LightHawk

A new federal program hopes to fill in knowledge gaps on how water moves through the headwaters of arguably the West’s most important drinking and irrigation water source.

Kim Johnson

Over 200 people filled Yuma City hall Thursday, Nov. 21, for an AZ Department of Water Resources public hearing on a proposed sale of water rights from La Paz County to Queen Creek, Arizona.

GSC Farm LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, wants to sell its annual entitlement of nearly 2,100-acre feet of Colorado River water.  They purchased 485 acres of farmland near Cibola in La Paz County. 

Navajo Water Project

A report released this week by the group Dig Deep and the U.S. Water Alliance says two million Americans are without basic, reliable water systems in their homes.  Even more live without basic sanitation. 

The issue is especially acute for minority populations and the poor.

Here in Arizona, the Navajo Nation is particularly impacted by lack of access to water, some people travelling miles to get water just to maintain their households.