While California’s drought commands a lot of attention, opinions about the water problem in Arizona, and what the state is doing about it, vary widely from those outside the state and local water experts who point to more than 50 years of proactive efforts to manage Arizona’s water situation. Despite that, outsiders’ perception is that Arizona isn’t doing enough to sustain its water resources.

The impact of water—or lack thereof—and its influence on the ability for the Valley to attract new companies was the topic of a roundtable of water experts and representatives from major corporations convened by the Phoenix Business Journal on September 29.

While some participants focused on Arizona’s lawns, which are fewer than in many other parts of the country, others noted the proliferation of golf courses which use more water than anywhere else in the nation.

Despite that huge use of water, many Arizona golf courses use treated sewage, or effluent, which Harry Weiss, a partner at Ballard Spahr, admired.

“You marvel at how the courses are built differently. There’s less green, but the recycling effort is probably second to none,” Mr. Weiss said. “I think it was Arizona that pioneered the minimal green courses and recycling water for them.”


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