Have you ever stopped to think of the trip water takes to get to your faucet? How does it get there? Where does it come from?
For 120 years, SRP has been monitoring, measuring and moving water for delivery to a growing metropolitan Valley. It’s an effort that takes experts coming together with some cool technology.
These solar-powered sites are located at many locations on SRP’s watershed at key elevations between 4,000 and 8,000 feet.
SRP Snowtography helps us understand:
- Snow depth and melt
- Snow levels and time on ground
- Changing watershed conditions each season
- How plant life changes over time
Similarly, we use photo technology to monitor the flow of water over time.
SRP Flowtography is a unique solar-powered technology developed by SRP. It helps us keep a close eye on and predict water conditions across our 8.3 million acres of watershed. As stewards of the Valley’s water supply, this is very important.
SRP Flowtography helps us understand:
- The flow of Arizona water and behavior of streams
- How streams and the environment around them change each season
- The impact of changing watershed conditions
Arizona water quality
In addition to monitoring the flow of water, our experts regularly test river, canal and well water before delivering raw water to Valley municipalities.
That way, we can track changes in water quality, such as debris from wildfires, and keep our partners at Valley water treatment plants in the know.
Help keep Arizona water clean
First, consider joining the SRP Healthy Forest Initiative™.
Other ways you can do your part:
- Don’t overdo it on fertilizers and pesticides.
- Store lawn and garden chemicals securely.
- Never pour chemicals down drains or sewers or on the ground.
Monitoring water quality allows SRP to continuously provide data to Valley cities that they can use to manage water supplies delivered to your home. This requires us to work collaboratively with our partners to provide customers with quality raw water.
SRP’s system of canals is central to life in the Valley. Over 131 miles of winding pathways deliver water to Arizona residents daily.
Over the years, the canals have become a symbol of collaboration for the many communities they touch. Beyond water and power, these canals create a canvas of opportunity for all.
In fact, recreational biking and jogging routes and thoughtfully landscaped paths can be found along the canals. They continue to make our cities better.
Currently, we’re working with nine cities to plan canal path projects. However, the canals aren’t just there for recreation. In fact, they carry irrigation water to cities to be turned into drinking water, as well as to farms, parks, homes and schools.
Customers who receive irrigation water benefit from a low-cost way of watering their trees and plants. Within hours, 2 to 3 inches of water soak into the ground. It helps large canopy trees grow and reduces the urban heat island effect.
Contemplating the canals and Arizona water
In conclusion, next time you’re safely enjoying a canal path, take a moment to notice the water flowing by. Think of how it supports life here in the Valley. How many melted snowflakes are you looking at? How long did it take to get here?
You can rest assured knowing it’s being carefully managed.
Want to learn more about the Valley’s water and how we manage it?
Attend SRP’s free Water Conservation Expo
Hear from experts and learn more about the Valley’s water supply and how we manage it.