Saturday March 8, 2014
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Brooke Water Utility owns a subsidiary Water Company called "Payson Water Company Inc." Their business sign is posted at the entrance to the Mesa Del El Caballo residential community. Mesa Del is an unincorporated community, but located in Gila County jurisdiction. As stated in a previous post above about seeing a huge tractor/trailer tanker truck filling up with water from our Payson Town water hydrant behind our Home Depot, I became concerned as to why. (Thousands of gallons) A short reply from Town of Payson water department Mr. Buzz Walker to my email inquiry advised that the Rio Verde Water Hauling Company, (located in Northern Maricopa County) is approved and contracted to take Payson water for Mesa Del. (No further explanation) The water is delivered to Mesa Del for it's consumption. Keep in mind, Mesa Del is a rural type community with many small ranch type homes that have horses, cows. donkeys, Lamas, and agricultural growing crops. All consume more water for each household.
Questions that come to mind:
How much of our current Payson Water supply is being provided to Brooke Utility on a monthly basis? What is Brooke Utility (Payson Water Co. Inc.) paying for the water they take from the town of Payson? Is this appropriate when the citizens of Payson are constantly being asked to conserve their water consumption? No lawns allowed, swimming pools etc. What part does this water use agreement have to do with the Blue Ridge Water Pipeline deal that is not projected to come online until sometime in 2015? Does being neighborly mean depleating our Payson Town water resources so a privately owned water utility company can raise it's water hauling rates to supply it's outside of Payson Town customers?
Is this use of Payson water enabling Brooks Utility to avoid drilling a new well? Is Brooks paying the same rate as you? How does this effect the water shed? Are their profit margins the same as before using Payson water? What is Mesa Del protecting by being unincorporated?
Mesa Del people are protecting thier freedom.
Incorporated, you have a town council to tell you what you can and can not do.
You lose all choice.
Point of interest> On April 22 Payson Water Co. Inc. (Brooke Water Utility) filed, as required by the ACC, for a modification to its rates and charges. This application affects all systems of the Company. The Application is currently being examined for sufficiency which may require 30-45 days. Then, the application process will begin and lead to a decision that could require as long as 300 days. The Application does not necessarily represent what will be decided in a final decision. No dates have yet been set for public comments or meetings.
Today at about 11:15AM just saw another Rio Verde Water Hauling tanker truck making another Payson Town water run.....Who from the Payson Town Water Dept. is monitoring how many fill up's and how much water is taken daily from our Town wells to Mesa Del by Brooke Utility? Maybe it's done on a we trust you basis so they are not monitored?
Ain't it great!
There should be a valve on the hydrant that measures the amount of water being used. It would be easy to tell just by looking at t he hydrant(s) that the trucks are filling from.
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