As Rio Verde residents deal with end-of-the-year water shutoff, Maricopa County officials, including Supervisor Thomas Galvin, offer alternatives

By Stephanie Olmo | FOX 10

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Rio Verde residents remain concerned over water, after officials with the City of Scottsdale announced they were going to stop supplying water there at the end of the year.

Residents in the Rio Verde Foothills area received a notice in late 2021 from the City of Scottsdale, which states that Scottsdale Water will be restricting water hauling to only residents within city limits, due to the water supply shortage on the Colorado River and the activation of Stage One of the city’s drought management plan.

“If we can’t figure this, we lose all equity in the home and then some,” said one resident at the time. “We don’t have anything left. We have no options.”

Officials with the City of Scottsdale say they have been notifying residents for at least a couple of years.

Meetings held between officials and Rio Verde residents

On Feb. 4, two meetings were held to discuss ideas for the future.

“The priority here is that we have to find a resolution. We have to find an answer. I know this community has been driven by what I would consider years of inaction,” said one person at the meeting.

During the meeting, Maricopa County Supervisor Thomas Galvin discuss some possible long-term options.