“We Are Going to be Fine When it Comes to Water”

For Immediate Release
Friday, August 26th, 2022

Contact: Josselyn Berry, Jberry@azdem.org


“We Are Going to be Fine When it Comes to Water”

Kari Lake Shrugs off Arizona’s Serious Water Crisis

Phoenix — The federal government recently announced further mandatory water cuts from the Colorado River to Arizona, but Kari Lake is completely unphased by Arizona’s water crisis, as she said on the  John Fredericks Radio Show recently (another conservative talk radio show). When asked what her plans are for addressing Arizona’s serious drought and water crisis, Kari Lake said, “We are going to be fine when it comes to water in Arizona, I am 100 percent sure of that.”


The rest of Arizona doesn’t share Lake’s casual attitude to our water crisis, as polling from earlier this year shows our ongoing drought is a serious concern among Arizona voters. Lake also repeated her far-fetched and nonsensical plan of “piping water in from the Mississippi River basin, the Missouri River Basin.” The Bureau of Reclamation did a thorough study of the idea of pumping Mississippi River water to Arizona in 2012, concluding that the project would cost $14 billion and take 30 years to complete. 


Lake has repeatedly said that election conspiracies are more important to her than addressing our water crisis. Kari Lake told Sebastian Gorka, “We have a lot of other issues here in Arizona. But if we don’t get our election sorted out and make sure they’re secure and safe….we can’t get into tax policy, water policy unless we have a secure election.”  


Meanwhile, Katie Hobbs has an effective plan that provides immediate solutions for addressing this burgeoning water crisis that preserves our natural resources and builds a 21st-century clean energy economy.


“The ideas Lake has for Arizona’s crisis hold no water when you really examine them. Arizona families and farmers are at serious risk of not having access to sufficient water and Kari Lake is focused on all the wrong things,” said Josselyn Berry, spokesperson for the Arizona Democratic Party.  “Compare that to Katie Hobbs, who only days after winning the primary, traveled to Yuma, Arizona to meet with leaders of the agricultural community to listen to their concerns about Arizona’s drought. Lake has shown how extreme and out-of-step her agenda for Arizona is while ignoring the real issues that Arizona voters care about like our worsening drought and water crisis.”


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