• By 2015, the goal would be for the Central Arizona Project to buy the first 50,000 acre-feet of additional water. The CAP would acquire another 50,000 acre-feet every five years.

• Water users such as cities, farms, mining companies and developers who buy this new water would be responsible for paying all of its costs.

• River-area farmers' water is considered desirable by anyone needing water because the farmers have a higher priority for getting the river water than does the CAP, which would be the first major user in the three lower-basin states of the Colorado River to get cut off from using river water in times of shortage.

• The brackish groundwater that could be used by the CAP would come from the Buckeye area and other areas west and southwest of Phoenix. The other groundwater would come from the Harquahala and McMullen valleys, which are west of Phoenix.

• Desalination of seawater from the Gulf of California or elsewhere is not part of this plan.