Originally published Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 06:12p.m.

PHOENIX — House Speaker Rusty Bowers warned Tuesday he won’t be pressured by Gov. Doug Ducey into approving a drought contingency plan by a Jan. 31 deadline that he and other lawmakers have yet to see.

Bowers told Capitol Media Services that the governor is making a big show of announcing on Monday and again Tuesday the number of days that remain ahead of the deadline set by Brenda Burman, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, for Arizona to adopt its plan for how it will deal with its share of the shortage of water in Lake Mead. But Bowers said that’s not to push for public support.

“It’s for me,’’ Bowers said following a press conference Ducey called in an effort to show bipartisan solidarity to adopt the yet-to-be-seen plan.

“But I don’t have what I need to give to my people,’’ the speaker said, saying that Ducey is “going along ... with the demand for a showdown’’ with the feds.

Bottom line, Bowers said, is if he does not get actual language of the agreement by today “I’m adding a day.’’

“Then it’s going to be Jan. 32nd,’’ he quipped. And if there’s no language on Thursday, add another day to that. And so on.

“I have an obligation, as the speaker of the House, to my membership and to our constituents,’’ Bower said. “We are not going to act without knowing what we do.’’

It’s not just Bowers who is balking. Senate Minority Leader David Bradley made it clear he does not intend for lawmakers to be stampeded into adopting something just to meet the Jan. 31 deadline.

“While the DCP steering committee has spent months in delicate negotiations, the legislative language needs to be before our members and the stakeholders we represent as soon as possible to allow time for evaluation,’’

“The Jan. 31st deadline is crystal clear,’’ Bradley said. “But it should be equally clear that approval from the Legislature is not to be taken for granted.’’

The warnings come even as Pinal County farmers are demanding specific written assurances in any final plan that they actually will get the water they are being promised. They also want money to drill new wells to make up for some of what they will lose in Colorado River water.

Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, said the Pinal County farmers he represents have no problem with reaching a deal, even with a sharp cut in Colorado River water deliveries and being forced to let 30 to 40 percent of their land go fallow.

“We need the assurances of the agricultural community that we’re just not entering into an agreement that can be changed or altered later on and the water not delivered,’’ he said Tuesday. “These people are investing not only their lives but their hard-earned dollars that employ thousands of people in our county.’’

Paul Orme, an attorney who represents several irrigation districts that deliver water to farms, said they have been told they will get about 105,000 acre feet of Colorado River water annually for the next three years. That’s about a 60 percent cut in what they now get.

An acre foot is about 326,000 gallons of water, enough to cover an acre a foot deep. It also is considered enough to supply two households for a year.

That, said Orme, needs to be guaranteed, no matter what else happens.

What’s also needed, he said, is a guarantee that farmers will be able to pump an additional 70,000 acre feet of water for the four years that follow to make up for some of what’s lost.