Water Shortage An Unwelcome Holiday Tradition

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An unwelcome holiday tradition returned to Tonto Village over the Fourth of July weekend when Tonto Village I and II began suffering from a water shortage.

"Ron Standage (owner of the Tonto Village Water Company) said if people would just stop using the water, the tank could be refilled in 24 hours," said J.R. Alliger, chief of the Tonto Village

Fire Department. "The float marker is showing about 2,000 gallons now, normally it shows between 1,500 and 1,600."

Water was shut off around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 2.

Alliger said the water shortage is not unusual around this time of year. The fire department, assisted by its auxiliary, prepared for the event with the purchase of two, 5,000-gallon tankers to be used for fire suppression.

He said Standage is going to have the system on from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the well site so people can get water for drinking, cooking, flushing toilets and other necessary uses.

Standage could not be reached for comment.

Heather Murphy of the Arizona Corporation Commission said Level 4 restrictions have been put in place for Tonto Village.

At Level 4 the following are prohibited:

  • Outdoor watering;
  • Dust control on roads or outdoor cleaning;
  • Use of drip or misting systems;
  • Filling of pools, fountains or other water features;
  • Any water-intensive activity.

Violators will be warned and given two working days to comply, then water will be temporarily shut off.

"If everyone is vigilant and works together, they can get past this," Murphy said.

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