Competition for the use of water in Arizona continues to grow as the State sees an increase in population, new development, and new industry. All uses are dependent upon a finite water supply.
The challenge of water management in Arizona is to satisfy current and future needs. Satisfying those needs requires innovative solutions, one of which is the recharge program.
For decades, more groundwater has been pumped than has naturally recharged back into the aquifers, creating an imbalance. Using renewable water supplies and recharging water underground reduces this imbalance.
A person who wishes to store, save, replenish, or recover water through the Underground Water Storage, Savings, and Replenishment Program must apply for permits through the Department.