- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Figures from the Salt River Project show a disappointing 2016 runoff season that failed to quench Arizona’s ongoing drought.

KJZZ-FM reports (http://bit.ly/2aLP31l ) that SRP predicted that spring and winter runoff would bring more than of 1 million acre feet of water. The recent results show only about a third of that amount made it into the system.

SRP’s reservoirs are 50 percent full — about the same level as last year. SRP is also pumping groundwater to supplement reservoirs.

Water managers maintain that they’re still in good shape to meet the water demands of customers despite more than two decades of drought in central Arizona.

Research shows that it is common for central Arizona to 20- to 30-year droughts punctuated by a very wet year.

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Information from: KJZZ-FM, http://www.kjzz.org/

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