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Q: According to a story in The Arizona Republic, Valley residents use more than 200 gallons of water per capita per day. How much do Payson residents use?

A: About 100 gallons a day, and Public Works Director Buzz Walker would like to see that drop to about 90.

What does he think about per capita consumption in the Valley?

"That's idiotic," Walker said. "It's irrigation that makes the number so high."

Q: I heard the town of Payson just gave some money to the Payson Senior Center. What's up with that?

A: Yes, the senior center has been granted up to $20,000 in Community Development Block Grant Money by the town, according to Housing Coordinator Marcy Rogers. The money will be used to correct a drainage problem behind that facility.

"There's a little four-foot hill in the back right at the property line and the water runs right off of that and into the building," Rogers said. "We're going to put in a little retaining wall and pump and then replace the tiles that were damaged by the water."

CDBG money comes from the Arizona Department of Housing and various local entities apply to the town for a portion based on specific needs. Besides the senior center, money was given this year to the Rim Country Literacy Program and the town's housing and commercial rehabilitation programs.

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