Emergency declared in 2 Arizona areas due to water shortages

June 22, 2017 GMT

CORDES LAKES, Ariz. (AP) — Two areas in Arizona are facing a state of emergency due to sudden major water shortages.

Yavapai County officials say water demand in Cordes Lakes has increased above normal levels during the week’s scorching heat wave. County spokesman David McAtee says the community’s water tanks are down to about 32 percent and has left the need for a daily reevaluated system shut-down between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

McAtee says the emergency management division is monitoring the situation while water is being trucked from Prescott Valley to fill the tanks and enhance the water supply.

The White Mountain Apache Tribe in Navajo County has declared a major water shortage in Cibecue due to failed pumps. The area is functioning on just 5 percent of its normal water supply.