Past state leaders crafted robust policy that enabled Arizona to prosper.
The Tucson City Council will consider today whether to allow water to be extended to the suburbs for new developments that bring good-paying jobs.
County supervisors will ask the city to change Tucson Water's service policy to allow stalled building projects to move forward.
In the name of keeping the San Pedro River alive, the federal government is trying to stop Arizona from certifying that a planned Sierra Vista development has enough water for 100 years.
A bill requiring Tucson to deliver water to the proposed Painted Hills development in the Tucson Mountains got a last-minute reprieve in the state House Wednesday.
Last March, Joseph Kane opened his water bill to see that he owed Tucson Water $3,364 and some cents. He had used, the water department said, some 222,904 gallons of water. His normal usage is somewhere around 8,000 gallons.
Margie Machado, with her $1,638 water bill, says she was so stressed by the huge charge that she experienced an anxiety attack.
With her $1,600 water bill in hand, west-side resident Dolores Kruger stands in her sparse front yard, which has little vegetation. A handyman and landscaper could find nothing significant that would explain high water use.
Miriam Klaiman, with a $1,026 bill, appealed the charge but lost. She's now paying $80 extra per month.