ARIZONA NEWS

Standpipe for Rio Verde Foothills water service approved, providing long-term solution

Nov 30, 2023, 12:00 PM | Updated: 1:00 pm

The rural community of Rio Verde Foothills has a long-term water solution after a standpipe was app...

The rural community of Rio Verde Foothills has a long-term water solution after a standpipe was approved Nov. 29, 2023. (KTAR News Photo/Jeremy Schnell)

(KTAR News Photo/Jeremy Schnell)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission approved a utility company’s application to construct a standpipe for water service for Rio Verde Foothills on Wednesday, giving the rural community near Scottsdale a long-term solution.

The move gives Rio Verde Foothills a clear water future after years of uncertainty that started when the city of Scottsdale decided to reevaluate their agreement due to increasing drought conditions.

The community, which had relied on Scottsdale for years for its water, has been getting its water hauled in from private companies at high costs since their agreement ended Jan. 1. Some residents had been living on only rainwater since 2023 started.

“This was a local, political and jurisdictional turf fight that was completely unnecessary,” Maricopa County Supervisor Thomas Galvin told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday.

“But I got to give a lot of credit to our staff here at Maricopa County and also to the Corporation Commission.”

Who will provide long-term water for Rio Verde Foothills?

EPCOR, based out of Edmonton, will construct and operate the standpipe.

The company does most of its work out of Canada but had been a leading service name as Rio Verde Foothills worked toward a solution.

The standpipe’s creation will provide water to about 1,000 residents in the unincorporated community.

Construction will take about two years. An interim solution has been in place since June after Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed Senate Bill 1432.

The bill created a standpipe district that provides water for Rio Verde Foothills, with the help of EPCOR and Scottsdale, through 2025. Galvin is hoping the standpipe will be ready by the start of 2026.

“If that is an issue that will come up on the horizon … that will be something that will need to be addressed,” Galvin said. “But hopefully everything will be able to get done in time.”

Galvin said that Rio Verde Foothills residents are thrilled to have closure on the issue.

“These are folks that I’ve been working with since day one … these are folks are very grateful and very happy and this is the outcome that they wanted,” Galvin said.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Balin Overstolz-McNair contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Stock image of a backyard pool. A 3-year-old child died July 17, 2024, after a drowning incident in...

KTAR.com

3-year-old child dead after being pulled from Chandler backyard pool

A 3-year-old child died Wednesday night after a drowning incident at a Chandler residence, authorities said.

13 minutes ago

Arizonans are grateful to be in Milwaukee for what they call a "bucket list" and "once-in-a-lifetim...

Danny Shapiro

Arizonans grateful to be in Milwaukee for ‘bucket list’ Republican National Convention

Arizonans are grateful to be in Milwaukee for what they call a "bucket list" and "once-in-a-lifetime" Republican National Convention.

2 hours ago

With her image magnified on the video screen behind her, Kari Lake speaks during the Republican Nat...

Kevin Stone

Kari Lake says her ‘great name ID’ is helpful for fundraising in Arizona US Senate race

Arizona Republican Kari Lake said the fact that she's become so well known has been a boon to her U.S. Senate fundraising efforts.

3 hours ago

Follow @KTAR923...

KTAR.com

BOGO camping promotion to be offered at Maricopa County’s regional parks

Starting in mid-September, Maricopa County will bring back its "Buy One, Get One" camping promotion.

3 hours ago

Hole 15 at TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course)...

Payne Moses

Scottsdale rated among best US cities for recreation, recent study shows

Scottsdale was rated the sixth-best city in WalletHub's "Best & Worst Cities for Recreation (2024)" study released Monday.

3 hours ago

Human trafficking sting in Scottsdale leads to 42 arrests...

KTAR.com

42 people arrested during human trafficking operation in Scottsdale

Forty-two people were arrested during a two-day operation targeting human trafficking in Scottsdale, according to authorities.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinic visits boost student training & community health

Going to a Midwestern University Clinic can help make you feel good in more ways than one.

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Standpipe for Rio Verde Foothills water service approved, providing long-term solution