Drought causing dry conditions across Arizona

(Source: National Integrated Drought Information System)
(Source: National Integrated Drought Information System)
Updated: Mar. 22, 2018 at 6:22 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Every part of Arizona is currently experiencing some level of dryness or drought.

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, 100 percent of the state's population is experiencing unusual dryness or drought.

This time last year, nearly 72 percent of the state had no drought.

Fernando Molina from Tucson Water said despite those numbers, Tucson residents have nothing to worry about.

"It has not impacted our water supply," he said.

Tucson is not running out of water, but Molina does recommend water conservation.

He said as temperatures rise, people start reaching for the hose to water their plants. Water usage doubles in the summer and Molina said that is mostly because of landscaping.

He suggests rain harvesting as a great way to use storm water for plants instead of drinking water. The gathered water can go directly into the ground or be stored for later use.

He also encourages people to check their property for water leaks and turning off the water while brushing their teeth.

"The outlook for the city of Tucson is really good," he said. "We have done a really good job planning for the future and making sure we have adequate water supplies, so from a water supply outlook, that is not a problem."

Tucson Water has a drought preparedness plan in place if the drought gets severe. You can see the plan HERE.

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