A new ordinance passed in May means that businesses that require above average municipal water must demonstrate that they are providing extra value to the city, like providing jobs, parks, improving neighborhoods, or developing downtown. If such benefits can’t be demonstrated, the businesses will be charged more for their water.
There isn’t a particular way the city will calculate the value of affected businesses, they will be evaluated per situation.
The ordinance is expected to only affect 1% of water users in the city. The ordinance, and others like it, are aimed at meeting the state’s requirement that all cities secure they will have enough water for the next 100 years.
More information can be found at the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association
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