How does Population Growth in Tucson Affect the Availability of Groundwater and the Water Table

How does Population Growth in Tucson Affect the Availability of Groundwater and the Water Table

In Tucson, AZ we live in a desert. As such, water is limited. Where does Tucson get its drinking water? How does population growth in Tucson affect the availability of groundwater and the water table? How has the water table in Tucson changed over the past 70 years? (use actual examples/values). What is the Central Arizona Project? About how much water does the Central Arizona Project bring to Arizona each year? Besides direct use for drinking, agriculture, etc., where else does Central Arizona Project water go (think storage)? Why is this important?

For this writing assignment, a good web source is the Central Arizona Project website ( You will have to explore the website, click on several of the tabs, and read a bit to find the answers related to CAP. Other questions will require you to do some searching on the web. DO NOT CUT AND PASTE MATERIAL FROM THE WEB – USE YOUR OWN WORDS!


You must do some research outside of class. When researching, take notes on what you are reading so you are not tempted to use/copy words from articles or websites. Remember, this must be written in YOUR OWN WORDS. Cutting and pasting from sources or copying word for word are not permitted. Do not overuse quotes either – write it as if you were explaining something you learned in class to a friend or relative.

Write in complete sentences with proper capitalization and punctuation.

Answer all parts of the question.

Use standard essay format (topic sentence, supporting information, conclusion).

It should be NO MORE THAN 2 PAGES, 1.5 line spacing. (Word count is not important)

You will be graded on the correctness of content, grammar, punctuation, and flow. Read it out loud to yourself before turning it in – does it make sense? You will lose points for run on sentences, sentence fragments, incorrect use of punctuation, and sentences that use singular/plural and tenses incorrectly.

List your sources at the bottom of the essay (website url addresses, articles, books) – do not worry about formal bibliography, just list where you got your information.