Water regulation in the United States is complex and decentralized. Except for federally established drinking water quality standards and certain discharge regulations, most regulation of water quantity and quality is performed at the state level. In Arizona, the rights to use surface water, groundwater and recycled or reclaimed water are based on state law. There is often the misconception that because there are large federally built systems to deliver raw or untreated water, such as the Central Arizona Project and the Salt River Project, that Arizona’s water provision and regulation are centralized. This is not the case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShared Borders, Shared Waters
Subtitle of host publicationIsraeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780203597682
ISBN (Print)9780415662635
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


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