Water supply bill favorable to cities passes Senate

Eloy, AZ Water TowerBy Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer

(STATE CAPITOL) — Over opposition from most Democrats, the Senate Thursday passed a bill to eliminate a requirement cities and towns comply with county laws regarding water availability for new subdivisions.

Current ordinance requires a proposed subdivision located outside of an Active Water Management area (AMA} to demonstrate an adequate water supply (100-years) before a subdivision can be approved.

The vote was 21-3, and the bill now goes to the House.

The bill (SB 1268), which would permit cities and towns to “opt-out” of the county regulations is supported by the Southern Arizona and Central Arizona builders associations and was opposed by eight of the 13 Democrats in the Senate.

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