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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EPCOR Gets State OK on Water Rates for New River & Desert Hills

The Arizona Corporation Commission yesterday approved a water rate request by the utility EPCOR for service to rural residents via a water-hauling station tentatively planned to be built on Anthem property. The nod is one of two green lights EPCOR needs to provide water to New River and Desert Hills residents before a Dec. 31 deadline that’ll leave up to 1,500 homes without water.

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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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