The Rio Verde Foothills has many options for continued water service without the burden of a DWID. Our team has been in contact with water haulers in the valley that will haul water to us without using the Scottsdale stand pipe. This is an immediate solution to our water issues with a minimum of bureaucracy.
Unfortunately, history has shown us that water rights can be a very divisive subject, and the water situation here in the Rio Verde Foothills has proven to be no exception. As a community, we cannot survive by segmenting ourselves into groups that have wells and those that do not. We know that growth is going to continue in our area, and water resources will become even more constrained. State Law will not allow Maricopa County to deny builders due to lack of water access, so a plan must be divised to secure water rights. We just disagree with those who believe that the formation of a Domestic Water Improvement District (DWID) is the answer. We believe that there is a better way to proceed, both immediately and for the longer term.
If you would like more information, please click the button below and send us an email. We will be collecting all requests for information, and will soon be holding informational meetings that everyone will be invited to attend. Watch this website for more information as well.
*Price listed is for water delivered from outside Standpipe. Company currently pulls from Pima standpipe for $90/2000
As we have mentioned above, the primary objection that we have to the DWID is that it is a Governmental entity, with Governmental powers. While the current proposed DWID board has committed to not using many of these powers, the powers themselves cannot be legislated out of the DWID.
In 1999, The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) implemented the Rural Watershed Initiative to supply support to "Community" water systems. These are water systems that generally service rural areas that do not have a large population. Under State Law, these water systems, or "Rural Water Groups" qualify for assistance from the ADWR, and also qualify for Federal grants and loans administered by the USDA. This means that a Rural Water Group would have the same negotiation powers as a DWID, and would qualify for the same loans and grants, but would not have Governmental Powers, such as the ability to levy taxes and condemn properties. A Rural Water Group does not have a membership requirement, and could be administered as a 501c(3) non-profit organization. This means that an entity could be formed that could secure long-term water rights for the entire community, without the need for a Govenmental body, and would be able to serve the entire community, not just those who signed-up during its formation. There is an association of Rural Water Groups called the Rural Water Association of Arizona that has a number of benefits for member groups. We see this as a win-win scenario for our community.
Our goal is simple; We want our community to thrive and succeed, and we know that water is an important part of our success. We do not wish to see anyone, for any reason, denied this precious resource, nor do we want our community burdened with unnecessary government. Whether you rely on hauled water, have a private well, or share a well with others, we believe that the formation of a Rural Water Group will go a long way towards achieving this goal.