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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Crisis Averted: Phoenix Extends Rural Water Shutoff Deadline

In a much-anticipated decision, the City of Phoenix announced today it will extend a deadline to allow water-hauling companies to use water from city hydrants to serve up to 1,500 rural homeowners who do not have working wells. “Wonderful news,” said the leader of a community group that’s been lobbying for the extension, worried that water prices would double or triple otherwise.

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Phoenix ‘Re-Evaluating’ Year-End Shutoff of Rural Water Supply

The City of Phoenix is re-evaluating its Dec. 31 deadline to shut off the supply of hydrant water trucked to residents of New River and Desert Hills, Phoenix Councilwoman Thelda Williams said this morning. No decision has been made, however. The city is waiting on word from EPCOR as to when the station will be operational. EPCOR just provided North Phoenix News with an estimate for completion.

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