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Arizona announces limits on construction in Phoenix area as groundwater disappears

The state will no longer grant certifications for new developments within the Phoenix area, as groundwater rapidly disappears amid years of water overuse and climate change-driven drought. A study found that around 4% of the area’s demand for groundwater cannot be met over the next 100 years under current conditions – a huge shortage that will have significant implications for housing developments in the booming Phoenix metro area, which has led the nation in population growth.

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