The Rio Verde Foothills now has to rely on a very limited water supply being hauled in from much farther away.
As of 1/2/2023, there is
NO WATER SOLUTION
in place to provide RVF residents 48 Million Gallons of water in 2023 nor to provide residents a long-term water supply for hauling to homes. This leaves water haulers with less than 10,000,000 gallons from Global Water who has wells in our community. Our community uses 48,000,000 gallons of water.
Water haulers can go to areas farther away, like Apache Junction, however this is affecting the cost of water. For example, a 6,000 gallon truck will take a 2 hour round trip, it will take 2 hours to fill the truck at the only fill station in Apache Junction (AZ Water Co.) and then additional time to deliver the water. Almost 5 hours....FOR ONE LOAD OF WATER!!
RESIDENTS ARE NOW GOING TO PAY FOR NOT HAVING A SOLUTION!
4 CENTS A GALLON
2,000 GALLONS - $80
4,000 GALLONS - $160
6,000 GALLONS - $240
10,000 GALLONS - $400
20,000 GALLONS - $800
30,000 GALLONS - $1,200
11 CENTS A GALLON
2,000 Gallons, $220 $2,640/yr
Increase: $140/mo $1,680/yr
4,000 Gallons, $440/mo $5,280/yr
Increase: $280/mo $3,360/yr
6,000 Gallons - $660 $7,920/yr
Increase: $420/mo $5,040/yr
10,000 Gallons, $1,100 $13,200/yr
Increase: $600/mo. $7,200/yr
20,000 Gallons, $2,200 $26,500/yr
Increase: $1,200/mo $14,400/yr
30,000 Gallons $3,300 $39,600/yr
Increase: $2,200/mo. $26,400/yr
Over 500 properties in the Rio Verde Foothills rely on hauled water for their homes. This is for a number of reasons: wells have gone dry, cost, new wells drilled have hit nothing, etc. The City of Scottsdale, which has supplied the majority of hauled water for over 40 years, has officially announced water hauling will cease to areas outside of the City's boundaries at the end of 2022 per this Press Release.
As of 11/30/2022, there is NO WATER SOLUTION in place for 1/1/2023.
The water situation for Arizona is now critical:
"If you look out two years, Lake Powell could go so low that it's essentially dry," Tom Buschatzke, who runs Arizona's water department said. "What that would mean if we hit that, is no water in the river through the Grand Canyon." Watch the full story HERE
For a MAP of the Rio Verde Foothills area located East of N. Scottsdale, Arizona click HERE. and go to the bottom of the page.
THE FOLLOWING SOLUTION HAS BEEN DENIED BY THE MARICOPA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS!
AS OF 8/31/2022, WE HAVE NO WATER SOLUTION FOR JANUARY 1, 2023!!
AN APPEAL HAS BEEN FILED WITH THE COURT.
The only solution presented as of August 31ST, 2022 is the petition to form a Domestic Water Improvement District (District/DWID) so the District can secure a long-term legally dedicated source of water for its members and non-members by purchasing more water than what the entire Rio Verde Foothills currently uses.
The District plan was to:
The reason the District has the ability to import a long-term legally dedicated outside source of water is due strictly to the District's ability to purchase Harquahala Valley water and Scottsdale's ability to enter an Intergovernmental Agreement, for a fee, to receive the District's water purchase via the Central Arizona Project canals, process the water and initially make the water available at the City's standpipe until the District's fill station is built and connected to retrieve the District's water.
EPCOR submitted an application on 10/13/2022 to provide water via a standpipe service to the Rio Verde Foothills. This application is for a long-term solution and does NOT include a solution for 1/1/2023. You can view the filed application, current responses and the calendar for future hearings with the Arizona Corporation Commission HERE .
OVERVIEW OF KEY DETAILS FROM EPCOR'S APPLICATION:
KAREN NABITY 602-299-5222 JENNIFER SIMPSON 602-402-2206
If a homeowner signed the petition for the formation of the Rio Verde Foothills DWID (RVF DWID) to have their property included, once the property is SOLD, the buyer (new owner) MUST also sign the RVF DWID petition prior to the possible approval in order for the property to be included in the formation of the RVF DWID. Please call Karen Nabity @ 602-299-5222 or Jennifer Simpson @ 602-402-2206 for more information. NOTE: This only applies to the current petition for the formation of the RVF DWID. Once the RVF DWID is approved, the membership will transfer with the property to new owners moving forward.
IMPORTANT: A water hauler IS NOT A SOURCE OF WATER but holds a permit to pick up and deliver water. Currently, Cave Creek, Phoenix, EPCOR in both Rio Verde proper and New River/Anthem do not allow water haulers to pull their water out of their service area and deliver it to residents in the Rio Verde Foothills Community. Access to Scottsdale's water stops at the end of 2022.
Now the US Bureau of Reclamation is requiring an additional 2 to 4 million acre feet (This equals 651 BILLION to 1.3 TRILLION gallons of water) to be left in the Colorado River system. Arizona will take a significant cutback to its water from Central Arizona Project (CAP) which supplies water from the Colorado River.
Due to this, it is expected that the majority of Cities and water utilities that rely on CAP water will restrict use of their water for other areas. This will leave the water haulers very limited options for hauling water to RVF.
It is IMPORTANT to understand a water hauler is a company that has a permit to deliver water & is NOT THE SOURCE OF WATER.