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Anthem not to blame for rural wells drying up

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EPCOR’s wastewater treatment plant in Anthem, looking north (Boulder Creek High School ball fields are at the top). Photo by Bob Copen/North Phoenix News

By Karen Goveia | North Phoenix News

Rumors abound that the development of Anthem, which began in 1999, is linked to declining water levels in nearby rural wells in New River and Desert Hills. But Anthem gets its water from the Colorado River and runoff into Lake Pleasant, via the Central Arizona Project (CAP).

Frank Corkhill, chief hydrologist at the Arizona Department of Water Resources, said the development of Anthem is not to blame for the region’s water problems.

“Undoubtedly, groundwater pumping is responsible for most of the water level decline seen in the area,” he said. “However the Anthem development receives surface water from a lease of Ak-Chin Indian Community CAP water. Therefore, pumping by other water users in the area—municipal, industrial and domestic users—is the likely cause of the observed declines.”

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