Statement from Supervisor Thomas Galvin on Rio Verde Foothills Standpipe Decision

“The Arizona Corporation Commission approved EPCOR’s application to construct a standpipe for water service to the Rio Verde Foothills community today. This is the long-term solution that I worked towards since becoming a member of the Board of Supervisors and serving District 2. I am happy that the good folks in Rio Verde Foothills will have a long-term, reliable water source so that they may continue to live with water security and certainty in their community.

This has been an epic journey with many moving parts, and I fulfilled my promise to do my part to secure the community’s long-term water future. In the summer of 2022, Commissioner Tovar and Commissioner Marquez Peterson opened a Corporation Commission docket at my request to explore solutions to the RVF water issue. I subsequently convinced EPCOR to apply to be the long-term water provider. Happily, over a year later, the ACC rightfully concluded that standpipe service to RVF is reasonable and in the public interest.

I want to thank the Commission for their diligence and hard work on this issue. I appreciate EPCOR’s efforts to step-up in their willingness to serve the community.Finally, I was incredibly impressed with the grit and determination of the residents of RVF who worked tirelessly and together in the face of unnecessary and obstinate obstacles by the City of Scottsdale’s Mayor. Those RVF residents are incredible human beings, and they personify the spirit of the RVF community.”