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Report warns of looming water crisis in Arizona

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TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

State water officials are warning that Arizona must start looking into other drinking water sources or face a crisis as soon as 25 years from now.

The Arizona Daily Star said that a new report conducted by the Arizona Department of Water Resources predicts water shortfalls of up to 900,000 acre-feet a year by 2050 as the population grows.

The agency advises several possible solutions, including building a water desalination plant.

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin said he hopes lawmakers will approve legislation to set up a loan program offering $30 million for water infrastructure and up to $100 million over the next few years.

The report was commissioned by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for Brewer, said she isn't supporting any particular solution at this point.

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