Pictured: The area where the new EPCOR water station will be located when construction is complete this July. Photo courtesy of Tara Alatorre/Staff
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Phoenix extending deadline to New River water haulers


Tara Alatorre
PHOENIX – The City of Phoenix announced it will be extending the deadline to water haulers that are using dust permits to access its fire hydrants for potable water delivery services to the residents of New River and Desert Hills.

At the time this article was written Phoenix did not yet announce how long it plans on extending the deadline.

“The City of Phoenix will be extending the deadline,” said Stephanie Bracken a spokes person for the Phoenix Water Services Department.  “We will have more details on this early next week.”

Phoenix was set to cut off water haulers on April 30, which was a deadline set by the city to give the private utility company EPCOR enough time to build a water station in Anthem and avoid a lapse in services to residents.  The EPCOR station in Anthem will provide water haulers with a reliable, dedicated water source so they can continue servicing communities in the New River area that rely on the deliveries for their drinking water.

However, there were many unforeseen setbacks that delayed the company from starting construction. EPCOR announced last week that the water station wouldn’t be completed in April like it originally anticipated, and says the station will be completed by July 20, 2018.

“We are committed to have the station up and running for the water haulers by July 20,” said Troy Day, head of EPCOR operations in Arizona. “The reason it is not built now is because of the open space designation.”

The parcel of land where the station is going to be located was on a designated Army Corps of Engineers "National Area of Open Space (NAOS)," which neither EPCOR or Anthem was aware of and it delayed the start of construction.

Although, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) worked diligently with Anthem, which is leasing the land to EPCOR, to remove the parcel of land as a NAOS, the process took time.  EPCOR just received notice from the ACOE a little over two weeks ago that the parcel was removed as a NAOS, and that construction could finally officially  begin.

The setback in the construction was unsettling for the community with the April 30 deadline lingering, since many residents are reliant on water deliveries because their wells have dried up, or they are not connected to a municipal water source.