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The weekend’s rainfall and Monday’s snowfall came just in time to raise water levels in the East Verde River, depleted by Salt River Project’s decision last week to turn off the Blue Ridge pumps for the season.

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Blue Ridge pumps on East Verde fall silent

The Salt River Project this week shut off the spigots that sent 8,000 acre-feet of water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir gushing down the East Verde River this summer. SRP shut down the pumps a little early this year to make additional repairs on the electronic leads of the motors, which will require the intermittent use of the pumps for the next couple of weeks.


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