There are some horror stories out there: Small water companies with crumbling pipes, duct-taped together. People with water coming out of the faucet, brown and clearly undrinkable. Or people who only get water intermittently.
Arizona has more than 250 water companies, most of which are small, and the Arizona Corporation Commission wants fewer, from companies merging or larger companies buying smaller companies.
Fewer water companies could lead to better service for customers in areas with spotty reliability, and small water owners could get out of the business if they wanted, said Corporation Commission Chairman Susan Bitter Smith.