EPCOR Calls New River/Desert Hills Water Crisis ‘An Emergency Situation’

The water utility EPCOR called the City of Phoenix’s impending shutoff of a water supply to residents of New River and Desert Hills “an emergency situation” and asked the Arizona Corporation Commission to help it fast-track a solution. In a letter to the Commission, EPCOR provided new detail on the proposed location of a water-hauling station, the process and the pricing.

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EPCOR & Anthem May Solve Water Crisis in New River & Desert Hills

A looming water crisis in New River and Desert Hills may soon be solved by the water utility EPCOR with an assist from Anthem. The company is seeking to buy a plot of vacant Anthem land that borders Desert Hills to install a water-hauling station that could serve more than a thousand homes that rely on trucked-in water. The City of Phoenix plans to shut off their current supply Dec. 31.

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16 Neglected Animals Seized at New River Ranch for Deaf Youth

Complaints from neighbors that animals were in “terrible conditions without food or water” led to the seizing of 16 neglected animals from an apparent youth rehabilitation facility in New River, according to a statement today from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Three teenage boys, thought to be from Ethiopia, “appeared to be working the property and attending to the animals,” the Sheriff’s Department said, adding that questions remain as to how the boys came to reside at the ranch.

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