Residents in New River and Desert Hills, communities that neighbor Anthem, 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 after December 31, 2017.

As Anthem's water provider EPCOR has been asked, and has agreed, to explore options to help those 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 private and state-licensed water hauling providers and local residents who have established accounts with EPCOR.


What is a water station?

A water station is a convenient location where water haulers can purchase potable water that meets all Federal and state drinking water standards. Trucks would enter the facility from the east and fill up at the dispensing station before exiting on the west.

Where would the proposed station be located?

The station would be located on the north side of Desert Hills Drive, approximately 500 feet east of 17th Avenue, south of the fence between the Anthem and Desert Hills communities.


Will trucks be driving through Anthem?

No. The water station would be accessible to private water haulers only from an entrance on Desert Hills Drive – water hauling trucks will not be able to access the station from Meridian Drive.


What about the Maricopa Trail and the Pedestrian Path connecting Anthem and Desert Hills?

The Maricopa Trail is an important part of Maricopa County’s public trail system and for Anthem and the surrounding communities. EPCOR will work closely with Maricopa County to ensure that the trail and the pedestrian path continue to be fully accessible.


What will the station’s operating hours be? What about noise and dust?

The water station will be fenced to screen it from view, with gates at the paved driveway entrance and exit. The station will be accessible seven days a week, but during daytime hours only. Any site lighting will be appropriate to the low-profile of the structure and Maricopa County building requirements.


How long will it take to build the water station?

Pending the required approvals from the Anthem Community Council, Arizona Corporation Commission, Maricopa County and any permitting agencies, design and construction is anticipated to take from three to five months.

What’s Next?

On October 12, 2017, EPCOR presented a proposed water-hauling solution for the surrounding communities to the Anthem Community Council. On October 25, 2017, the Anthem Community Council voted to work with EPCOR to prepare a proposal to lease approximately one acre of land to EPCOR. On November 15, 2017, the Anthem Community Council Board of Directors is expected to vote and make a decision on EPCOR’s request to lease land. You can view the proposed lease agreement in the October 25, 2017 Board Meeting Agenda on the Anthem community website at


As a regulated utility, EPCOR’s proposal to provide water to water hauling providers is subject to review and approval by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). EPCOR filed an application with the ACC on October 30, 2017. You can view a copy of the application on the ACC’s website – – by searching for Docket #WS-01303A-17-0326 using the eDocket search function.

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