Housing plans for upwards of 800,000 people in Arizona might be put on hold because of the state's challenge with water.
The state has plans to build a new water desalination plant, which could improve conditions.
However, researchers say solving the problem is more difficult than it seems.
Plans to add homes for more than 800,000 people near Arizona's White Tank Mountains might get put on hold if the state can't find another water source to support the development, The Arizona Republic reported.
Freshwater has become a topic of heated debate in Arizona over the last several years as the federal government weighs implementing new water usage restrictions for the Colorado River and as more strain is put on the state's groundwater reserves. Newly elected Governor Katie Hobbs made a point to recognize the state's water struggles in her State of the State address on January 9.