Phoenix is struggling to keep up with demand for its plumbing supply, as the Phoenix metro area grapples with a $8.6 billion water crisis.
The Phoenix Water Supply District said on Tuesday it has seen a 60 percent drop in water deliveries to customers, as well as a sharp drop in demand for the pipes and fixtures that go into the city’s drinking water system.
A growing number of residents are now forced to buy water from private wells, with most opting to use tap water for cooking and laundry.
Flooding and high temperatures have also forced residents to rely on bottled water, which is cheaper than paying the company for an annual pass to the tap.
There are concerns about Phoenix’s ability to cope with the situation.
In a statement on Monday, the city said that it has not seen the full extent of the crisis, with water shortages impacting businesses and communities.
“We are still dealing with an unexpected increase in water consumption, with many businesses unable to provide adequate service, while some households are not using the appropriate level of water,” the statement read.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has said that the city has lost a third of its water since the start of the year, with residents receiving as much as one gallon of water for every four people.
But, as of Monday, Phoenix’s water supply was still in danger of being shut down for the first time since March 25, the latest data from the state Department of Water Resources showed.
About 1.5 million homes have been affected by the crisis.
About 5.3 million households have no water, and more than 2.6 million households still have no access to safe drinking water.
It has become the biggest crisis facing the region in years, as Phoenix is facing an unprecedented demand from Phoenix’s growing population and growing demand for water.