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Despite drought, Florence water supply in good shape

Posted by   /  August 16, 2018  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Mark Cowling | Florence Reminder While the state remains parched in a 20-year drought, the outlook for Florence’s water supply is good. Without sounding any alarms or calling for conservation, Florence residents are already doing a decent job of saving water. The average residential account uses 3,416 gallons per month, which represents an […]

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[EDITORIAL] Danger in water ruling

Posted by   /  August 16, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Water  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) Pinal Central Arizona has done a pretty good job of dealing with scant water supplies up to now, realizing that more and more people want to live in this desert climate. Two of the biggest parts of that planning were the passage of groundwater reform […]

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Why Pinal County could upend the Southwest’s drought plan

Posted by   /  August 16, 2018  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Matt Weiser | NewsDeeply New federal estimates suggest serious water shortages on the Colorado River are closer than thought. While Arizona water users try to cooperate on a conservation fix, one group of farmers stands in the way of a compromise. SERIOUS WATER SHORTAGES on the Colorado River could be less than two years […]

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Yes, there is a way to ensure Sierra Vista and the San Pedro River have enough water

Posted by   /  August 15, 2018  /  Real Estate, Water  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) By Robert Robb |  Arizona Republic I sometimes feel sorry for judges, although they come in for a lot of criticism in this column. The reaction to their work is invariably based on feelings regarding the policy outcomes of their decisions. But judges aren’t supposed to be […]

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Native American farmers plan moves to global market, greater sustainability

Posted by   /  August 15, 2018  /  Economy, Water  /  No Comments

  By Tayler Brown | Cronkite News Thirty miles south of Phoenix, green fields of alfalfa and pima cotton stretch toward a triple-digit sun. Hundreds of yellow butterflies dance above the purple flowers that dapple the tops of the young alfalfa stalks – to expert eyes, the flowers signal that the plants are heat-stressed and […]

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EPCOR: Johnson Utilities drinking water ‘on knife’s edge,’ buildings could explode

Posted by   /  August 14, 2018  /  Featured News, Water  /  No Comments

  By Jake Kincaid | Casa Grande Dispatch Tensions between the Arizona Corporation Commission and Johnson Utilities escalated Tuesday when EPCOR representative Shawn Bradford delivered an update that shocked commissioners into taking more aggressive legal action against the utility. First, Bradford expressed concern from EPCOR, which has been appointed interim manager of the utility, that […]

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Johnson Utilities violations sent to attorney general

Posted by   /  August 11, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Jake Kincaid | PinalCentral The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality appears to be taking a harder line with Johnson Utilities. ADEQ has referred the company to the state attorney general because it has failed to comply with what is required regarding seven notices of violation and one non-compliance order in which the utility was […]

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ADEQ meets with San Tan residents over wastewater plant concerns

Posted by   /  August 10, 2018  /  Real Estate, Water  /  No Comments

  By Jake Kincaid | Florence Reminder State officials and concerned residents are trying to find solutions to a problem that, due to secrecy about a private utility company, few know much about. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality held a series of public meetings in Pinal County and is taking public comment on the […]

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Arizona ruling sides with developer in San Pedro River water use dispute; Legislature must solve the issues, says Rose Law Group land-use, regulatory and water attorney, Thomas Galvin

Posted by   /  August 10, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Real Estate, Water  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star The Arizona Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to new development in and around Sierra Vista even if it could dry up the San Pedro River — and even if it turns out that the homebuyers later end up with nothing but sand […]

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Interim manager vows to make Johnson Utilities more than ‘third world’ utility

Posted by   /  August 7, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Jake Kincaid | PinalCentral EPCOR representatives met with state lawmakers and a small group of Johnson Utilities customers who have worked to get state agencies to take action on Johnson Utilities, promising transparency and assuring residents that the company appointed as the interim manager of the utility is capable of bringing service up to […]

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