PHOENIX (AP) — Salt River Project says the 2021 runoff season was the second driest on record but that its reservoirs in central Arizona will provide full allocations of water to cities, farmers and other users during the current drought.
SRP has been keeping track of runoff from winter precipitation for 109 years. Melted snow runs down the mountains into the Salt and Verde rivers. From there, it goes to one of the lakes in SRP's reservoir system. The utility says those reservoirs are 67% full with more than 1.5 million acre-feet of stored water as the Phoenix area enters its heaviest-use period of the year.
SRP said it plans ahead by capturing runoff water in wet years and storing it for use during dry years.
With a staff of nearly 5,000, SRP served more than 1.1 million electric customers in an area of about 2,900 square miles during its 2020 fiscal year, which runs May1 through April 30.