Anthem & EPCOR’s Plan to Solve Rural Water Woes Flows Forward

A proposal by EPCOR to build a water-hauling station on Anthem property to serve homeowners in New River and Desert Hills moved closer to resolution this week, though a final decision by Anthem isn’t expected until Nov. 15 as negotiators rework the agreement’s fine points. Rural residents face a shut-off of trucked-in water from the City of Phoenix Dec. 31. “We’re going to do this deal,” said council board member Bob McKenzie, echoing the sentiments of other board members. “It’s just a matter of how we get there.”

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EPCOR Seeks Revenue Hike & Water District Consolidation

The water utility serving Anthem’s east side aims to consolidate its 11 Arizona districts and create a new rate structure that would spike rates for the average Anthem customer 42 percent in the first year then drop each of the next four years, ultimately to a level roughly 12 percent below today’s rates. If consolidation is not approved, the alternative proposal would cost Anthem residents a lot more.

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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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