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For all of us, "water awareness" means more than just conservation

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By proclamation of the Governor in 2008, it is Water Awareness Month in Arizona.

So, what do you suppose that means?

On a personal level, being “water aware” almost universally means learning to conserve water. It is a precious and scarce resource, after all. As citizens of an arid Western state who are approaching our 17th consecutive year of drought, water conservation is an imperative.

Arizona's historic Groundwater Management Act of 1980

Groundwater Management Act 1980 - Signing

To the “end user” – the Tempe or Tucson homeowner turning on the tap to fill a kettle for a cup of tea – it is all just water. In composition, color and consistency, it is no different from the liquid pouring forth from taps anywhere else in the U.S.

It is clear, clean and plentiful water. A basic building block of an American community.

So, what’s so complicated about that?