Arizona has not legislated common sense sustainable growth in approving what is essentially the exportation of water and irresponsible projects.
Phoenix Nestle Plant produces and exports 264 million half liters of water annually. Exploiting groundwater depletion loopholes, Saudi’s purchased 10,000 Mohave acres to grow water-demanding alfalfa for export to their water starved country, with others following suit. Rosemont Mine will destroy the Santa Rita watershed for multinational profit copper export, saying otherwise defies common sense.
Microsoft purchased 277 Goodyear acres for a likely water-hog massive data center. Benson's planned 28,000 home subdivision will severely damage the fragile San Pedro drainage and water table and another 7,000-home development in Sierra Vista of similar impact.
Multinational corporations and mass-scale developers will extract their profits and move on. Legislate common sense growth. Disregarding sustainability, our household water supply will eventually be “toilet to tap” with severe restrictions or heavily taxed for desalination, as in other regions.
Candace Charvoz Frank
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.