Rio Verde Foothills East of Scottsdale to Get Water Supply

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A water solution has been approved for 1,000+ homeowners in the Rio Verde Foothills areas of Rio Verde near Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, Arizona which do have city water access. Homeowners in the Rio Verde area (Verde River) typically have 1+ acre properties many with an Scottsdale address although not in the city but on Maricopa County land. Some of these homeowners need hauled water to top off their wells, however the source of the hauled water previously provided through the City of Scottsdale had been an issue. (Water: Rony Michaud, Pixabay)

The good news that a water sourcing plan has been approved.

Danny Shapiro with KTAR News reported on November 29, 2023, :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.

Rio Verde Foothills East of Scottsdale

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.

Rio Verde Foothills gains access to water; work on long-term solution ahead
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." 

It should be noted that homes with Scottsdale addresses in the Rio Verde Foothills, found traveling East on Dynamite Road in Scottsdale to E Rio Verde Road after 114th Street are typically 1+ acre homes with horse zoning and are priced less than homes inside the Scottsdale city limits. For more information about homes for sale in Scottsdale and the Rio Verde Foothills, call/text 480-242-6500 for Jeff Masich, REALTOR,® Arizona Homes and Land Group, HomeSmart. 

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Comments (2)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI  I so appreciate your post, many who are on this platform outside of AZ, CA, & NV have little appreciation of the water issues, Endre

Dec 04, 2023 10:28 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Yes Endre Barath, Jr. and water is the key to live in the west. Getting the water from the mountains and controlling it through dams and reservoirs, canals and wells before it leaves dry ground for the ocean.

Dec 05, 2023 07:42 PM