During the summer of 2014, ADWR began to receive concerns about declining water levels in private residential wells and in some cases, reports of wells going dry, in southeast Arizona. As a result of declining groundwater levels, some individuals and representatives of groundwater users have expressed interest in developing water management practices for the area with the hopes of slowing the water level declines.
ADWR believes that in order to develop the best water management solutions for the area, it is important to first conduct an analysis of the water conditions in the area. Therefore, the ADWR Director ordered ADWR field services staff to conduct a detailed inventory (sweep) of water level conditions throughout wells in the Willcox and Douglas Basins and the San Simon Valley Sub-basin.
Prior to conducting the well sweep, ADWR established a web-based reporting portal whereby individuals impacted by wells going dry could report those incidents online. Those wishing to volunteer their well to be part of the investigation were also encouraged to complete the survey.
To date, over 60 responses to the survey have been received from well owners and concerned citizens. The results of the survey indicate that many domestic wells have been impacted by declining water levels in the Willcox, Cochise, Sunsites, Pearce and Sunzona areas (see link below). Many wells have been deepened or replaced, and there has been almost universal concern expressed about water conditions from survey participants.
ADWR appreciates the cooperation of everyone who has responded to the survey.
Please note that ADWR was not able to visit every well that was volunteered to be part of the well survey.
Link to Survey Results
Report that your well has gone dry.