Water Crisis: Upscale Arizona community will lose supply

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Water banking and good planning by Arizona’s major cities means that cuts in the state’s Colorado River supply will not mean that significant restrictions will occur. But for some areas, such as a rural upscale community near Scottsdale, the news is not good.

The Rio Verde FoothillsOpens in a new tab. is an unincorporated area that does not have a municipal water supply.  Residents have been relying on water hauled by Scottsdale, but last November, Scottsdale said that the deliveries will stopOpens in a new tab..

NBC News 12Opens in a new tab. in Phoenix reports that EPCOROpens in a new tab., a Canada-based water utility company, will likely be the area’s primary water provider after the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted against “a divisive plan” to form a citizen-led water board in the area.

It will take two or three years before EPCOR can get infrastructure in place, causing residents to be terrified about what may happen January 1 if their water is shut off.  Some, including a member of the Board of Supervisors, hope that Scottsdale might change its mind since the residents are working on a long-term plan to get water to the community.  Residents claim that they did not know that Scottsdale — which is worried about its own supply — could shut off water deliveries.

News 12 opined that what is happening in Rio Verde Foothills is “a national precautionary tale about Arizona’s water crisis” (see the below video):

Scottsdale ProgressOpens in a new tab. reports that two residents of Rio Verde Foothills have sued the Board of Supervisors, saying that the decision to deny the citizen-led domestic water improvement district is contrary to state law.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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October 28, 2022 12:24 pm
This is insane! A solution must be found YESTERDAY. ugh

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