An abundant winter has nearly fully restored Salt River Project’s (SRP) reservoirs.
A six-year streak of below-average runoff water into the Verde and Salt rivers was snapped by the most recent winter. The January to May runoff brought 970,440 acre-feet of rain and snowmelt into SRP’s reservoir. The total nearly doubled the 30-year average of 534,336 acre-feet. SRP’s manager of Surface Water Resources Charlie Ester says this winter was “very good, but not great,” but this winter was the best since 2010. The six SRP reservoirs combined are currently at 68 percent capacity, increased from 49 percent last year. The Verde River system is 62 percent full, and the Salt River reservoirs are 69 percent full. Roosevelt Lake is carrying one million acre-feet of water filling at 64 percent capacity.