By Louis Martin, RCAC staff writer

AZ landscapeArizona’s driest regions have become a battleground for an increasingly limited groundwater supply. Out-of-state companies, drawn to Arizona by cheap land and lax water pumping regulations, have spent decades over-mining the state’s groundwater. Now, residents must drill deeper to reach the depleted water table.

Local farming operations find themselves in a position where they are forced to invest more to keep pace with major drilling operations. Without the resources of corporate farms, it’s a difficult task.

Arizona residents are also affected, as large swaths of rural Arizona use well water. Now, there are concerns that Arizona’s water monitoring laws are not strong enough to stop outside influences from “mining” the water table completely.

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