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State, local leaders optimistic as Saudi farming company pulls out of La Paz basin | Local News Stories

Fondomonte Arizona is withdrawing from the Butler Valley groundwater basin in La Paz County, and its development has state and local officials expressing optimism about the future of Arizona's groundwater.

Groundwater conservation is a major issue in Mojave and La Paz counties as drought conditions continue across the Southwest for the first time in 20 years. On Thursday, Gov. Katie Hobbs announced that Fondomonte, a subsidiary of Saudi-based Almarai, has stopped pumping from the Butler Valley groundwater basin starting this week.

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