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Arizona is booming, especially its metropolitan counties, which have some of the fastest-growing economies in the nation. But a regional water shortage is already curbing development in some Phoenix suburbs, and it could undercut the state’s expansion.

State officials are considering building a massive desalination plant on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico and piping water from there to Arizona’s thirsty cities. But water experts Gabriel Eckstein, Sharon B. Megdal and Clive Lipchin aren’t convinced that this expensive option will secure Arizona’s water future. Instead, they write, the state should take a page from Israel, which has figured out how to prosper in a desert setting by obtaining water from many sources and using it wisely.

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Jennifer Weeks

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Suburban development in Maricopa County, Arizona, with lakes, lush golf courses and water-guzzling lawns. Wild Horizon/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

What Arizona and other drought-ridden states can learn from Israel’s pioneering water strategy

Gabriel Eckstein, Texas A&M University; Clive Lipchin, Tel Aviv University; Sharon B. Megdal, University of Arizona

Arizona is considering a multibillion-dollar desalination project to address its urgent water needs. Three water experts call for a go-slow approach and point to Israel as a role model.

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