November 28, 2017 | — Bad news for everybody.

Well, except Payson.

The global warming trend will mean hard times and hard choices for communities dependent on groundwater in the Southwest, according to a regional study led by researchers from the University of Arizona.

Up to this point, that would have included Payson — which has been almost entirely dependent on groundwater for the past century.
But next year, Payson will start taking annual delivery of 3,000 acre-feet of water from the C.C. Cragin pipeline. Since Payson currently uses about 1,800 acre-feet annually from its wells, the town plans to inject water back into the water table through a network of existing wells. So not only will the town no longer draw out groundwater for the nine months a year the pipeline delivers water — the project will likely inject 1,000 to 1,500 acre-feet of C.C. Cragin water back into the water table annually.

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