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PHOENIX -- The Board of Directors of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) has approved water exchange agreements negotiated between the city of Scottsdale, the city of Nogales, and the Mayer Domestic Water Improvement District.
As a result of the agreements, Scottsdale will receive the CAP entitlements of Nogales and Mayer, which will improve Scottsdale's ability to meet the state's assured water supply criteria.
Nogales and Mayer will receive funding for alternative water supplies. Some water-short communities like Nogales and Mayer with CAP water allocations are unable to take direct deliveries of CAP water. But provisions in the CAP law allow these communities to benefit from their CAP allocation by entering into exchange agreements.
Nogales will use its share of the exchange proceeds to acquire additional water rights associated with the Guevavi Ranch. Mayer's proceeds will be deposited into a trust account and used exclusively to design, construct, acquire, and develop an alternative water supply.
Both of the exchanges comply with the policies adopted by the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the CAP Board for exchanges by CAP subcontractors located outside CAP's three-county service area. The agreements culminate a 12-year effort by several local, state, and federal agencies.
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