Supervisors tout recharge as part of Pinal’s water solution

By Mark Cowling | Pinal Central

As hundreds of rental homes head to the market in Pinal County, without the need to show an assured water supply, the Board of Supervisors discussed what the county’s policy should be.

The board took no action at Wednesday’s work session but seemed to agree that the county must support more water recharge, or returning treated wastewater to the aquifer.

Lonnie Frost, Pinal water resources administrator, said there are 460 rental homes scheduled for construction in Pinal County. He said a pending bill in the Legislature would eliminate some of the water loopholes these properties now enjoy.

Mobile home parks, similarly, are not required to show assured water unless they’re in a community with a designated supply, Frost said. “Then they have to prove that as part of their ongoing designation process, which is typically done about every 10 years.”


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