Surprise voters OK city’s purchase of private water company


Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris JuddMayor Skip Hall city of surprise

Why is the City seeking to purchase CCWC?

One of the City Council’s Strategic Plan Goals is to “Ensure sufficient water resources for current and future needs.” In order for the City’s Water Utility to meet that goal, it must continue to expand its access to more water and increase its water portfolio, particularly its access to Colorado River water delivered through the Central Arizona Project (“CAP”) canal system.

CCWC is a small water service company located in the northern part of Surprise’s future planning and water service area. In addition to its infrastructure and customer base, CCWC also has a sizable CAP allocation which, if acquired, would greatly grow the City’s ability to access more Colorado River water. Having greater access to renewable water supplies affords the City the ability to meet future demands and avoid shortfalls.

By Matt Roy, Independent Newsmedia May 15, 2018

Surprise voters last night approved city plans to purchase a water company from a neighboring community.

With 18,319 mail-in ballots cast, four-out-of-five participants in the May 15 municipal election supported a measure, which empowers Surprise City Council to move forward with negotiations to purchase Circle City Water Company.

According data presented by city staffers during a November 2017 presentation, the small water company currently serves only 168 customers in the rural community of Circle City, which lies 14 northwest of Surprise along U.S. 60.

The purchase will add 3,932 acre-feet per year to Surprise’s allocation of Colorado River surface water pumped from Central Arizona Project canals.

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CITY OF SURPRISE v. ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION; LAKE PLEASANT 5000, LLC CV-18-0137-SA