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Frequently Asked Questions: Colorado's Droughts and Other States who Benefit from Colorado's Water

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Colorado's Droughts and Other States who Benefit from Colorado's Water 

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Interstate & Federal 

Question

Considering Colorado's recent drought periods, why don't we make Phoenix stop watering their lawns and golf courses and filling their swimming pools - its such a waste! Ditto Las Vegas.

Answer

One state cannot interfere with how another state uses their compact or decree allocated waters. States can complain and even sue if the water being used in another state is more than its legal allocation and injures the ability of other compacting states to fully utilize their compact entitlements. We need to acknowledge that some communities, such as Las Vegas are taking extraordinary measures to conserve and are actually paying their residents $1 a square foot to rip out their lawns and put in xeroscaping!
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Created at 6/26/2010 9:32 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 6/26/2010 9:32 AM  by System Account