Five southwestern cities are celebrating this year’s Colorado River Day, marking the 92nd anniversary of renaming the Grand River as the Colorado River. Events emphasize the benefits of the river system and the current and growing imbalance between supply and demand due to drought and overuse.
At Thursday’s Phoenix observance, Mayor Greg Stanton noted that the Colorado provides half the city’s drinking water. But he is proud that city policies have helped reduce average residential water use by 25-percent since the mid-1990s.
Stanton is one of several city and rural elected officials who are signing a statement of commitment to efficient, cost-effective water conservation measures. After more signatures are gathered, the statement will be sent to Arizona state and federal officials a month from now.