Faucets To Run Dry For Some AZ Residents By Year’s End

Water drips from a faucet at Lake Mendocino during a drought in Mendocino County, California, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. California water prices are at all-time high as a severe drought chokes off supplies to cities and farms across the Golden State. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At a glance

  • More than 500 homes in this affluent desert community that boasts mountain views, ample trees and ranches hidden in the crooks of scrubby hills will run out of water by year’s end as drought tightens its grip on the West.
  • Residents of Rio Verde Foothills outside Scottsdale have tried for years to resolve the looming crisis to no avail as the deadline to stop their water deliveries draws closer, forcing individual homeowners to find their own sources of water for drinking, bathing, washing dishes or doing their laundry.
  • “It’s going to be really ugly and terrible for our homeowners and landowners,” said Karen Nabity, who has lived in Rio Verde Foothills for seven years. “Some of us will borrow water from a friend’s well, others will have to pay a water hauler from far away.”

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