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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

New projections by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation show a 50 percent chance Arizona could possibly be getting less water from the Colorado River by as soon as 2016.

The Central Arizona Project which helps bring millions of gallons of water to Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties would likely get 20 percent less water to our region if there is a shortage.

However, water officials insist cities like Tucson wouldn't be affected.

The Tucson Water Department says although it's been in a stage one drought since 2007, it's actually been able to store away underground water for future use.

However, if needed, business and farmers' water use would likely be cut back to continue supply water to cities in Arizona.

Southern Arizona farmers are planning for a shortage by fixing up wells in order to pump groundwater.

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