I recently watched a huge tractor/trailer tanker truck filling up with water from a Payson town water hydrant behind our Home Depot store. I became suspicious as to why. A short reply from Town of Payson Water Department Mr. Buzz Walker to my e-mail 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 its use. Keep in mind, Mesa del is a rural type community with many small ranch-type homes that have horses, cows, donkeys, llamas and agricultural growing crops.
How much of our current Payson water supply is being provided to Brooke Utilities on a monthly basis and how long has this been going on? What is Brooke Utilities 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 Brooke current water-use agreement have to do with the future Blue Ridge water pipeline water allocation deal? Does being neighborly mean depleting our current Payson town water resources so a privately-owned water for-profit utility company can raise its water use and hauling rates to supply its Mesa del customers?
Editor’s note: Brooke Utilities buys water from Payson for Mesa del Caballo residents when the unincorporated subdivision’s wells drop in the summer. Brooke pays for the water and charges residents a hauling fee. The town has sold Brooke water for the past two or three summers. Ultimately, Mesa del will pay for water from Blue Ridge pipeline, since the treatment plant for the pipeline.