Arizona considers channeling water from Mexico as Colorado River recedes

A state board tasked with examining proposals to increase water supplies for Arizona approved a non-binding resolution Tuesday in support of a potentially massive seawater desalination plant in Mexico’s Sea of ​​Cortez.

An association led by Israeli specialists in desalination IDE technologys presented the multimillion-dollar plan to the Arizona Water Infrastructure Finance Authority board, saying it could replace or supplement the diminishing Colorado River flowing through the channel from the Central Arizona Project. The plant would remove the salt from the seawater and pump it into the canal to the north, where it would flow through Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties.

This is the first step toward evaluating a water project to which state lawmakers committed more than $1 billion this year, heeding Gov. Doug Ducey’s call to support desalination and other efforts. Some of the lawmakers who supported it balked at what they called the hasty nature of this resolution, since it was only presented to members last week. Ducey leaves office in January.

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