Phoenix residents have been coping with extreme heat and dry conditions since late March, when the city started receiving record amounts of rain.
Since then, more than 6,000 homes have been shuttered.
On Tuesday, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) announced that the state had issued a water-stressed status, or water emergency, which meant that the number of homes and businesses affected had risen to 10,700, or 10 percent of the state’s population.
The district that encompasses Phoenix has about one-third of the city’s population, and its water-use rate has tripled.
Residents are also dealing with more than 2.5 million tons of snowpack, the highest amount in the state, and many people have lost access to drinking water.
On Thursday, the state announced that it had issued water restrictions for some areas, such as the western edge of the Arizona Desert, and for others, such a part of the desert as the Big Sur National Recreation Area.
While the city of Phoenix was already dealing with a record amount of water restrictions, the new water restrictions have had a dramatic impact.
The city is experiencing extreme water restrictions from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., which is when many residents will have to turn off their tap water, according to a statement from the city.
According to the ADEQ, the restrictions are in response to a “serious threat to public health.”
For now, the ADX said that the city had begun restoring some water to residents’ homes, but that “many people will be impacted for many months to come.”
The city said that it has already reached out to the public to provide updates on the situation, and that it is working with local water agencies to help people who cannot return to water supplies.
“As water is being restored, the City will continue to provide additional water for residents in need,” the statement said.
However, some residents say they are still feeling the effects of the drought.
“There’s still no real relief for people that are suffering, and the only thing that is being provided is bottled water,” said resident Brian Loomis, who is from Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We’re trying to figure out how to make water more affordable and more reliable.”
In the meantime, the water shortage in Phoenix is taking a toll on businesses, according the Associated Press.
The AP reports that the average annual rent for a single-family home in Phoenix has risen to $1,500, from $1 of $1.50 in January.
The cost of a two-bedroom apartment, which is about the same price as a two bedroom, has doubled, to $2,500.
“I’m very, very disappointed that we haven’t gotten any relief for the city,” Loomi said.
“It’s a very sad state of affairs.
The water crisis is getting worse and worse.”
The AP adds that in recent weeks, water shortages have become so severe that the Phoenix International Airport and other major businesses have suspended operations, and thousands of people are without water, food and other necessities.
According the AP, a few days ago, the city shut down several local businesses, including an art gallery and a restaurant, as well as the city library and an office.