Arizona water levels still good, despite dry winter

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- From the California rain to the Colorado snow, the states surrounding Arizona are getting blasted with precipitation, while we face sunny skies.

Jeff Lane of Salt River Project says it's been a dry winter. "We're probably only going to get about a third of our normal run off into our reservoirs this year," Lane said.

And that could mean a dangerous wildfire season. "When we have as dry conditions as we have,  the conditions are set for a catastrophic season. That's just the way it's going to be," said Lane.

But when it comes to water, we have what we need already stored. "Five winters ago we completely filled up our system and today we're in pretty good shape. We're about 56 percent full," said Lane.

With underground reservoirs at 90 percent and area lakes at 48 percent, Arizona does not have the water woes of California. 

"Our reservoirs are built to store multiple years of run off where California, they fill up in about a year. They get snow just about every year in the Sierra Nevadas, fill up and release that water. Arizona, we're designed to store seven to ten years into our system and that's the big difference between Arizona and California," said Lane.