The Rio Verde Foothills (RVF) community contains approximately 2,100 homes as of 2020. An estimated 700 homes are entirely or partially dependent on hauled water, sold and delivered to them by commercial water haulers who have an annual permit with Scottsdale Water, a division of City of Scottsdale, as their source of water. Of these, nearly 60 residents privately purchase and haul their water from Scottsdale Water. There are two water companies in the RVF area, Global Water and EPCOR. Both obtain their water via wells in our aquifer. Global Water has provided a limited supply of intermittent water to our haulers on a monthly basis and is not a guaranteed source of water. EPCOR does not have water to share at this time. In 2016, due to concerns for future viable water options for our community, a group of concerned neighbors started researching how to obtain a long-term, secured source of water. This group met with State, County and City of Scottsdale officials and began to share what they learned with the community. In 2018, community meetings were held and support for forming a Domestic Water Improvement District started. In 2019, a new group of volunteers continued the efforts and created RVF Water Resources Inc., and are dedicating their time and energy to continue these efforts and assist with fundraising, volunteering, financial accountability and transparency. Here are some highlights:
How much water do we use?
The exact amount is unknown. Per Scottsdale Water’s accounting, in 2017, our commercial haulers transported approximately 140 acre feet (45,619,140 gallons of water). However, it is not known how much of this water was delivered to the Rio Verde Foothills. Since that time, Global Water Resources also began intermittently supplementing water to our commercial haulers from our aquifer. Additionally, many properties relying on hauled water have been developed since 2017.
RVF Water Resources Inc. is a Nonprofit that has been established to assist with fundraising, volunteers, financial accountability and transparency to support the goal of forming a District to secure a source of water. Once the District is formed, RVF Water Resources Inc. will be dissolved and any funds left in the account will be given to the District. We are seeking donations to cover costs and your support would be greatly appreciated. Funds contributed to RVF Water Resources Inc. are NOT be tax deductible. Funds can be donated two ways:
RVF Water Resources Inc
28150 N Alma School Pkwy #103-275
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
What impacts the demand and dependence on hauled water in the RVF area?
Water is increasingly becoming a more precious commodity as the drought continues, the water shortage increases and cities/communities expand. Other rural communities who do not currently have a long term source of water are or will be seeking a source of water and the supply and the suppliers are limited. It is advantageous to be prepared to move forward in a timely manner in order to secure a water source. However, until we form a District, we cannot negotiate for water, nor do business directly with Central Arizona Project (CAP), Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona, and other entities. We have been meeting with numerous officials within State and local governments, as well as engineers, hydrologists, water brokers and more in pursuit of this goal. We will provide more information as we move forward.
* "Domestic water improvement district" means a county improvement district that is formed for the purpose of constructing or improving a domestic water delivery system or purchasing an existing domestic water delivery system and, if necessary, making improvements to the system per A.R.S. 48-1011.