Anthem & EPCOR Race to Solve Rural Water Crisis

On the verge of desperation, residents of New River and Desert Hills got tentative good news last night, when Anthem Community Council voted in a special meeting to negotiate a deal with EPCOR to supply trucked water to hundreds of homes that could otherwise go dry or face skyrocketing costs Dec. 31, when the City of Phoenix shuts them off. Council aims to serve existing homes only, not new construction. EPCOR said the proposal won’t affect water rates in Anthem.

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Grassroots Group Confronts New River / Desert Hills Water Crisis

With wells drying up and the threat of a shutoff of trucked-in water, residents of New River and Desert Hills formed a new group aiming to convince state, county and Phoenix city officials to offer short-term help while the group works on a long-term solution. The issue has reached the governor’s office, and several state and local officials are involved. EPCOR, the utility company that provides water to part of Anthem, is looking into whether it can be part of the solution.

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Water Problem Called ‘Dire’ in New River & Desert Hills

With well levels dropping and their supply of trucked-in water being cut off at the end of this year, residents in New River and Desert Hills face short- and long-term water problems that have no easy solutions. About 150 rural homeowners attended a sometimes contentious community meeting Sept. 19 to better understand their plight and hear about potential solutions.

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