(KSAZ) – Highly populated cities in Arizona have limits on how much water can be used from the ground. But rural counties typically do not have any restrictions.
It’s causing major concerns in La Paz County where county leaders say farm companies from the middle east have moved to the area to grow alfalfa that is shipped overseas.
With no restriction on how much water they use, problems are starting to arise.
In the small county of La Paz, population 20,000 the wells are running dry. That’s according to County Supervisor Holly Irwin.
“They’re coming over here, buying land over here and using our natural resources, and we get nothing. Like I’ve said before, we don’t get oil for free, how come we’re allowing water to just be depleted for nothing,” she said.