Rural Residents Face April 30 Water Shutoff

A water-hauling station to serve residents of New River and Desert Hills will be operational by the end of July, the utility EPCOR now says. But in this months-long saga, rural residents now face, yet again, a gap in their water supply. The City of Phoenix won’t yet say if it will extend a deadline to shut off the supply of hauled water for some 1,500 rural residents April 30.

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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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Rural Residents Applaud Anthem’s Approval of Water-Hauling Station

Applause broke out among about 70 rural residents at a board meeting last night as Anthem Community Council approved plans from EPCOR to build a water-hauling station to serve residents of New River and Desert Hills. Now the race is on to build the facility before Phoenix shuts off the rural water supply April 30.

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