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​Residents in New River and Desert Hills communities have faced declining water supplies in recent years. The wells these communities rely on are no longer able to provide an adequate supply of water and in some cases, no longer provide water at all. To supplement the declining water supply, residents have relied on water delivered by private water haulers, currently supplied from a municipal fire hydrant. Desert Hills and New River residents have been notified that this source of water will no longer be available to them.

As Anthem's water provider, we have been asked and have agreed to explore options to help these neighboring communities by providing a safe and reliable source of water. The best and quickest way to do that is by building a water station accessible to state-licensed water hauling providers and local residents who have established accounts with EPCOR.

Project details

​The plan

A water station is a location where water haulers can purchase potable water that meets all federal and state drinking water standards. Trucks would enter and exit the facility from Desert Hills Drive.

The station would be located on the north side of Desert Hills Drive, approximately 500 feet east of 17th Avenue, north of the fence between the Anthem and Desert Hills communities. The water station will be fenced to screen it from view, with gates at the paved driveway entrance and exit. Any site lighting will be appropriate to the low-profile of the structure and Maricopa County and Anthem Community building requirements.

Pending the required approvals from the Anthem Community Council and Maricopa County, design and construction is anticipated to take from 2 to 3 months.

Proposed site plan


Operating hours

The station will be accessible seven days a week, but during daytime hours only.

Project updates

November 15, 2017

The Anthem Community Council approved our request to lease approximately one acre of land.

November 17, 2017

As a regulated utility, our proposal to provide water to water hauling providers is subject to review and approval by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Our application was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

February 22, 2018

The Anthem Community Council will consider and possibly vote on our proposed site plan and architectural design.

You can view a copy of the decision on the Arizona Corporation Commission's website by searching for Docket #WS-01303A-17-0326 using the eDocket search function.