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“I’d been caring for my father full time, 24/7 for 3.5 years before realizing I needed a break. Deciding on Respite Care was a difficult decision for many reasons. (If you know, you know). By the time we found Dixie at Always Best Care we had been through 6 care providers and two agencies in 12 months due to staffing issues. Marcy (owner) was warm, engaging and present. The support staff at Always Best were only ever a text away. (Thank you ladies!) And Dixie, Dad’s final friend, was a perfect fit. It didn’t take long for Dixie to feel like part of our family. On Dads last morning before Hospice we took him to breakfast at his favorite place. And if didn’t feel right unless Dixie was there. Thank you for helping my Dad and my Family through these final steps. You have my gratitude. (Image used with permission)”

Kevin J.

“We feel blessed to have found Marcy and her amazing group of caregivers to assist our Mom in remaining at home through the end of her life. Everyone involved in her care was extremely compassionate, understanding and flexible. It was so nice to have Marcy come out each time a new caregiver was assigned in order to introduce them to Mom. I always felt comfortable and confident in the quality of her care and safety.”

Shannon L.

“Our caregiver Marcy, with Always Best Care, is very attentive to our needs and exceeds our expectations! She is always willing to do whatever it takes to provide excellent care for my 90-year-old mother!”

Thomas M.

“Our family came to Always Best Care by way of VA benefits awarded which they were contracted to provide. Quickly, we could see ABC rates were more than competitive than the private care provider our family had in place. The Director's personal customer service was heads and shoulders above any provider in the East Valley we had interviewed or utilized. The staff was highly qualified, on time and professional. The Director hosted personal orientations with each new caregiver that entered our home to ensure there was never a gap in continuity of Care. Our prior experience was deflating and included 3 shifts that "no one even showed up for work" and worse, "the company didn't even know that the caregiver was not at work". ABC was just the opposite!! They used technology/communication savvy to ensure our Dad had the coverage we expected. I was impressed that Always Best Care prioritized my Father and, the overall needs of the entire family. As the care level increased, Always Best Care helped us adjust, understand what was happening and ultimately - increased care as needed...no matter in the event that it was an holiday or an overnight request. They were there with us personally to the end. I am a huge fan of ABC and can't express enough how grateful I am/was for their friendship and help. Please trust your loved ones to Always Best Care! You will love it~~”

Mercedes A.

“Marcy and her team of Caregivers are top notch and very caring! They took great care of my Mother-in-Law until she went into Hospice! She was very pleased with her caregivers!”

William D.

“Always Best Care Senior Service was a pleasure to work with when I needed a few days of help after surgery. The owner, Marcy, was very responsive, met with me prior to my surgery to personally go over my needs, and the caregivers she sent to help me were professional and caring. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to everyone.”

Jim M.

“Our family needed to get my disabled brother in an assisted living environment quickly as his care giver's health (our mother) was in decline. Always Best Care came to our rescue after finding out the needs and type of care needed to get our brother into a safe environment. We spent many hours looking and found the right place for him all in one day. Always Best Care also gave us resources to get additional financial help that my brother could qualified for. These amazing women helped us in a very stressful and emotional time when we were under extreme pressure and they made it as easy as possible considering the situation. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Emilie G.

“My mother had excellent care at Always Best Care for around 5 years. Her initial caregiver stayed with my mom the whole time and became a part of the family. She helped my mom with activities of daily living, drove her to appointments, helped her shop, cleaned and cooked, and helped her socialize with other seniors. As my mother's health deteriorated, Always Best Care helped find additional nursings assistants for around the clock care. All the nursing assistants were professional and caring. I highly recommend Always Best Care of Chandler/Gilbert.”

mary L.

“Marcy and her team were professional, helpful and relatable at a very difficult time for us. They were willing to work with us and provide exactly what we needed at every step of the way from in home care to Memory Care referrals. We couldn’t be more grateful to them.”

Lisa P.

“Marcy and her team of Caregivers are top notch and very caring! They look great care of my Mother-In-Law until she went into Hospice! She was very pleased with her caregiver!”

Linda C.

“Marcy was so very helpful for my dad. She appreciated his years of military service and gave us insight and direction to VA benefits.”

Ralph G.

“Our care giver from Always Best Care Senior Services is doing a fine job getting my spouse to cooperate on personal care, etc. and working with her for mental and physical exercises.”

Lisa R.

“Marcy and her team were fabulous!! Marcy always introduced new caregivers and made sure my mom was comfortable They took such great care of my mother! She was very happy!! I would totally recommend using them for your loved ones.”

Nancy W.

“I would recommend Always Best Care to anyone in my situation! They are very professional and very knowledgeable. More importantly they understand what you’re doing through and many times you feel like you are doing it all along and they really make you feel like have someone to lean on and someone to support you. I cried several times during my experience with them because I struggled with not sure what I was doing was the right decision and they were truly a friend to me and a shoulder to cry on, literally! They will never know just how grateful I am to them and what a big difference there are making in this world. May God richly bless them all!”

Renata J.

“Very good support for the family during a very stressful time.”

Marilyn M.

“I contacted the owner of Always Best Care in Chandler, AZ, Marcy Stenger, regarding an assignment for my MSW program. I needed assistance in collecting information on resources available for older adults. Marcy took time out of her day to answer all of my questions when I has been turned down by others. She is a wealth of knowledge and displays a tremendous amount of passion in the work that she does. I would highly recommend her for support needed with your loved one, she definitely would take the time to ensure all of your concerns and questions are addressed.”

Jacquelyn P.

“Always Best Care Senior Services was top notch from the RN caseworker to the aides. We used them for our 90 year-old parents for some respite care. My parents had nothing but good things to say about their caregiver. She was reliable, kind, and caring and did a lot of extras that were appreciated. Thank you for all your help.”

April P.

“I recently had a situation with the wedding of my daughter and needed a caregiver. My daughter's father is disabled and needed extra assistance to look his best and get to the wedding. Always Best Care was there to help. They were understanding, professional and on time. Since then I have needed Always Best Care's services for my 93-year-old Aunt. My Aunt has loved the friendly, cheerful company and the help has been priceless. Trust is a huge factor with having someone come into out home. I trust Always Best Care. They have done an excellent job with management, communication, and consistent high-quality care.”

Helen T.

“The day came when my mom needed extra help as she is older and has trouble doing the simple things we all take for granite. Like taking a shower without the fear of falling, making a lunch, cleaning up around the house and laundry and much more. I was at a lose of what to do for help as I could not keep up with it all as I work full time, kids, family and live across town. Always Best Care Senior Services provided Marcy who was a referral and ended up being the best thing that could have happened. My mom did not want help at first but over time she now is a big, big fan! My mom's lifestyle and attitude has improved and she is happy and likes the staff that helps her. Thank you so much to Marcy and team for how much they care and help my mom.”

David A.

“I would recommend this place to anyone! I worked for them and it was a blessing! Marcy has the biggest heart, and is willing to do anything to help her clients and her worker. She makes you feel like family. If you are looking for someone to help with your family or you are looking for a job you won’t regret picking Always Best Care! If I was still in Phoenix I’d still be working here! I miss it dearly.”

Marisol S.


Andrea G.

“I would like to recommend Marcy as a resource for the elderly and disabled. She was gracious and patient while working with my sister to find long term housing for here. I would like to share a story. I was not experienced with housing, agencies, financial services and regulations for seniors and disables citizens. It is a web of regulatory compliance and agencies. Without Marcy I would still be searching and most likely would have needed assistance for myself. The experience is overwhelming and without someone that is honest, compassionate as well as resourceful as Marcy; I would have never made it through the process. Although my sister has sense expired, Marcy was there from the beginning and still checks on me to this day. She is a resource, I never want to be without.”

Mariette J.

“Our family needed to get my disabled brother in an assisted living environment quickly as his family caregiver's health (our mother) was in decline. Always Best Care came to our rescue after finding out the needs and type of care needed to get our brother into a safe environment. We spent many hours looking and found the right place for him all in one day. Always Best Care also gave us resources to get additional financial help that my brother could qualify for. These amazing women helped us in a very stressful and emotional time when we were under extreme pressure and they made it as easy as possible considering the situation.”


“It is clear the love and care Marcy takes of her clients. She pays close attention to detail to make sure their needs are more than met. As owner of Canyon Creek Assisted Living & Memory Care the residents she has referred to us and the follow through she provides is more than we could hope for. Thank you!”

Heather M.

“Marcy, and her company, has been amazing to me and my mother in law. Marcy is very compassionate of the work, she does... she goes above and beyond, the needs of others. She has found Care for us, in our time of need, and we are appreciated the services render. Wouldn't ask for a better, company. ????”

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How does In-home Senior Care in New River, AZ work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in New River, AZ, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in New River, AZ gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

Respite Care New River, AZ

During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in New River,AZ understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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What might cuts to dwindling Colorado River mean for states?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration floated two ideas this week to reduce water usage from the dwindling Colorado River, which supplies 40 million people.The 1,450-mile (2,334-kilometer) river is a lifeline for seven U.S. states, dozens of Native American tribes, and two states in Mexico. It irrigates nearly 5.5 million acres (about 2.2 million hectares) of farmland in the U.S. and Mexico and generates hydroelectric power used across the West.In recent decades, drought, climate change and an imbalance between the r...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration floated two ideas this week to reduce water usage from the dwindling Colorado River, which supplies 40 million people.

The 1,450-mile (2,334-kilometer) river is a lifeline for seven U.S. states, dozens of Native American tribes, and two states in Mexico. It irrigates nearly 5.5 million acres (about 2.2 million hectares) of farmland in the U.S. and Mexico and generates hydroelectric power used across the West.

In recent decades, drought, climate change and an imbalance between the river’s flows and how much water users are promised has forced federal officials to consider new steps.

Tuesday’s analysis from the Interior Department considers two ways to force cuts in the water supply for Arizona, Nevada and California: use the existing water priority system or the same percentage across the board. California and some tribes with senior rights to water benefit more under the first option. Arizona and Nevada, largely with junior rights, don’t feel as much pain under the second.

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Federal officials haven’t taken a stance.


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, under the Interior Department, made a bombshell announcement last June as levels in the Colorado River’s key reservoirs dropped to historic lows. Federal officials said water use in the basin would have to be cut by 15% to 30%.

States scrambled to meet consensus, tensions rose and, ultimately, no deal was reached. But the challenges on the river persisted, and federal officials said they’d need to consider changing the operations at Hoover Dam that holds back Lake Mead and Glen Canyon Dam, which controls Lake Powell. The reservoirs on the Colorado River are the largest built in the U.S.

States regrouped and came up with competing ideas in January for reducing use. California proposed a plan separate from the other six states — Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

The proposals released Tuesday built on some of those ideas and rejected others.


California is entitled to 4.4 million acre feet of water annually, more than any other single state in the Colorado River basin. California’s rights also are among the most secure.

Shares of water for California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico come from Lake Mead.

Under current rules, California doesn’t lose any water until Lake Mead falls below 1,045 feet (318 meters) — about a foot lower than it is now. Even under the worst-case scenario, California would fare better than its neighbors in the Lower Basin.

The Biden administration has proposed two ways that Western states and tribes could reduce their use of the over-tapped Colorado River but has not declared a preference. Cuts get deeper as water levels at Lake Mead fall.

Maximum water cuts possible in 2024

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An acre-foot of water is roughly a year's supply for 2 to 3 U.S. households. Source: U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation

The priority-based proposal would benefit cities and farm districts in California like the Imperial Valley. It’s a vast farming region in the southeast part of the state that grows a significant amount of the nation’s winter vegetables. The valley would lose no additional water under this proposal based on its senior rights.

California is far worse off if cuts are spread more evenly. As Lake Mead dips lower, it would have to cut more water, eventually up to about one-fifth of its allocation.

Its farming regions would be hard-hit, likely meaning growers would leave some fields unplanted. Cities like Los Angeles and San Diego have other sources of water, but a loss of river water could spur conservation rules that limit activities like watering grass.


Arizona is in a tough spot regardless of what proposal moves forward because much of its water has a junior status in the priority system.

The state’s water users are entitled to 2.8 million acre feet of Colorado River water annually. Native American tribes along the Colorado River and farmers near Yuma in southwestern Arizona hold priority over cities.

The Central Arizona Project, which manages a canal system that delivers water to metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson, oversees roughly 1.6 million of those acre feet. It already has absorbed two rounds of mandatory cuts and would be hard-hit under the priority-based proposal.

If the cuts are spread based on the priority system, Arizona would be at risk of losing nearly two-thirds of its total river water in 2024. Under the proportional system that requires California to contribute more, Arizona would lose about one-third.

Under both options, some Arizona water users could have their allocations cut to zero if Lake Mead falls low enough to risk hydropower production.

It’s not clear exactly how either plan would affect farmers and cities. The Colorado River isn’t the only source of water for Arizona’s most populous areas. Many have been banking water underground for years.


Nevada has the smallest amount of Colorado River in the Lower Basin, 300,000 acre feet, that serves metropolitan Las Vegas.

Water recycling and other measures in southern Nevada have safeguarded the water supply. The state doesn’t use its full allocation. It would face some relatively small cuts, but it’s unclear how deeper cuts would affect residents.


None of the plans would affect water deliveries to Colorado, Utah, New Mexico or Wyoming.

The four states get water directly from the river and, in most years, do not use the full 7.5 million acre feet appropriated to the Upper Basin.


The analysis provides water users some fresh starting points in negotiations over cuts.

“The question will become ‘how bad that pain is and who it falls on,’” said Jay Weiner, an attorney for the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe.

The tribe along the Arizona-California border has senior rights to water and has opposed sidestepping the priority system, as has California and its irrigation districts.

Bill Hasencamp, manager of Colorado River resources for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, says the two proposals will spur renewed efforts to reach consensus over the next 45 days. That goal has been elusive for nearly a year.



Doing nothing raises the risk that Lake Powell and Lake Mead drop so low that hydropower from their dams is threatened. Power production has already been affected with low lake levels. Voluntary water conservation can help. Precipitation, runoff from the Rocky Mountains and temperature also play a role.

The priority-based proposal would protect Lake Powell’s water levels — but could result in lower capacity at Hoover Dam. Sharing percentage-based cuts would help stabilize power production at both dams.

Everyone agrees that relying on the existing rules and guidelines that expire in 2026 is not a real option.


States, tribes and other water users have until May 30 to comment. Federal officials are expected to announce a formal decision this summer. If states and tribes don’t reach consensus, that deadline could be delayed.

Meanwhile, representatives from the U.S. and Mexico will meet in the coming weeks and months to discuss Mexico’s role. The treaties governing Mexico’s voluntary water savings are separate from any agreements reached between U.S. states and Native American tribes.

Federal officials will announce how much water is available for 2024 in mid-August, along with any reductions in the Lower Basin states and Mexico.


This story corrects that Glen Canyon Dam controls Lake Powell, not Lake Mead, in paragraph 8.


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Scottsdale area community’s water cut off due to Colorado River drought

An upscale community outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, that had been getting its water from the city had it cut off New Year’s Day after years of warning tied to the Colorado River supply shortages.The state of Arizona saw a reduction in its Colorado River water go into effect Jan. 1 as the arid state in the Southwest, like the six other basin states, struggle under the weight of a drought that has gripped the region for more than ...

An upscale community outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, that had been getting its water from the city had it cut off New Year’s Day after years of warning tied to the Colorado River supply shortages.

The state of Arizona saw a reduction in its Colorado River water go into effect Jan. 1 as the arid state in the Southwest, like the six other basin states, struggle under the weight of a drought that has gripped the region for more than two decades.

What happened? A Scottsdale memo in December warned of the eventuality of its water no longer being delivered to Rio Verde Foothills for multiple years, including as late as 2022, as the city informed residents of the Jan. 1 cutoff. Now some residents who only get their water delivered by Scottsdale City tankers are suing.

According to the city’s website, it stated that given the unprecedented drought on the Colorado River, it ceased allowing any of that water to be transported outside its boundaries in compliance with its drought management plan. “This means the water haulers Rio Verde has relied upon must find another source of water to haul. They have found other sources of water and are still offering to haul water to serve the homes in Rio Verde,” it said.

Alternative, but pricey sources: The water cut off from Scottsdale affects about 500 to 700 homes that lack wells and relied on tankers from Scottsdale to supply their water. As the tankers have been forced to go farther to find water, the price of it has gone up in some homes by as much as three times. Residents have taken to using paper plates, filling their toilets with rainwater, showering less and other measures, according to The New York Times.

Finding development loopholes: Scottsdale passed a law passed in 1980 that requires subdivisions with six or more lots to show proof that they have a 100-year water supply, according to the Times. But in the case of Rio Verde Foothills, developers sidestepped the law by carving larger parcels into sections with four or five houses so they did not need to legally prove the community had water.

A Maricopa County official told the Times there is not much that can be done if a developer makes that type of move to avoid the water supply requirement.

Outsourced water supplies: Rio Verde Foothills is not the only unincorporated community cut off from the tap in Arizona as the state wrestles with how to cope with a 21% cut in its Colorado River water deliveries. Phoenix discontinued water hauling to the unincorporated areas of New River in 2017.

Scottsdale said it is acting within the law, according to its website. Scottsdale has a 100-year “assured water supply” as certified by the Arizona Department of Water Resources. That supply designation applies to the city’s population at build-out — it does not account for residents outside its service area who are not connected to the city’s water utility delivery system. According to the Times, larger cities like Flagstaff and Prescott also deliver water outside municipal boundaries to communities that could find themselves in the same situation.

Utah connection: The state Legislature has had to grapple with a similar situation as some areas outside of Salt Lake City receive their water supply from the municipality, including Alta. Although there are contracts in place, those surplus water supply contracts can be revoked with 30 days notice.

New CAP general manager optimistic about agreement on Colorado River water cuts


Brenda Burman, the new general manager for the Central Arizona Project (CAP), is optimistic that Arizona and other Colorado River basin states can agree on how to conserve 2 million to 4 million acre-feet of water per year.

State of play: Burman takes over CAP at a precarious moment, with Arizona and the rest of the basin struggling through a prolonged drought that began in 2000 and ranks as the region's worst in 1,200 years.

1 looming deadline: Burman tells Axios Phoenix that the Bureau of Reclamation plans to issue a draft of a supplement to a 2007 environmental impact statement (EIS) on Colorado River conditions in March or April and that it needs data from the basin states in February.

Context: Burman says CAP will then have a better idea of what the bureau could impose on the basin states if they can't agree on conservation measures.

Catch up quick: Arizona has already taken multiple rounds of cuts to its allocation of Colorado River water under the auspices of a Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) that it signed onto in 2019.

What they're saying: "I am confident in an outcome in which Brenda is going to be sitting next to me at a table in discussions with the federal government, the basin states, the tribes, the NGOs," Arizona Department of Water Resources director Tom Buschatzke said.

FD: 2-year-old hospitalized after being pulled from New River pool

Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical said that the 2-year-old child was in cardiac arrest when they arrived.NEW RIVER, Ariz. — A 2-year-old child is in the hospital after being pulled from a backyard pool in New River. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said that the child was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical crews were called to a home near 37th Avenue and Jenny Lin Road early Wednesday morning for reports of a missing 2-year-old.Deputies arrived on the scene and fo...

Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical said that the 2-year-old child was in cardiac arrest when they arrived.

NEW RIVER, Ariz. — A 2-year-old child is in the hospital after being pulled from a backyard pool in New River. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said that the child was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical crews were called to a home near 37th Avenue and Jenny Lin Road early Wednesday morning for reports of a missing 2-year-old.

Deputies arrived on the scene and found the child in a neighbor's pool.

Authorities said that it's unknown how long the child was in the water, but they were in cardiac arrest when first responders arrived.

First responders took the child to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. As of Wednesday afternoon, the child was still in critical condition.

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What does the latest Colorado River proposal mean for Arizona, California, Nevada?

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Facing the future with ...

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Facing the future with a dwindling Colorado River supply and intense pressure from the federal government, Arizona, California and Nevada have offered a plan to cut their water use significantly.

The proposal announced Monday isn't final. It calls for cities, irrigation districts and Native American tribes to accept federal money — and in some cases volunteer — to use less water over the next three years.

The 3 million acre-feet that the states have proposed cutting through 2026 amounts to about 10% of their collective water allocation. An acre-foot is enough water to serve two to three U.S. households a year.

To compensate water users for the cuts, the Biden administration plans to spend about $1.2 billion.

The river that courses through the U.S. West serves 40 million people with drinking water, as well as water for irrigation and hydropower.

The watershed deal broke a stalemate that could have swept the seven states that rely on the river into expensive and lengthy legal fights, though the amount of water offered falls short of what the federal government sought last June.


Arizona, California and Nevada on Monday proposed a plan to significantly reduce their water use from the drought-stricken Colorado River over the next three years.

The plan comes after mandatory and voluntary cuts. It aims to conserve an additional 1.5 million acre-feet by the end of 2024.

California is entitled to 4.4 million acre-feet of water per year, Arizona to 2.8 million acre-feet and Nevada to 300,000 acre-feet.


AZ water leaders outline Colorado River water proposal

The deal is intended to protect the state's water future and "puts the state on the right path to conserve water in the long-term."

Arizona has already endured two years of federally mandated water cuts tied to the level of Lake Mead. The latest proposal from the three states will affect eight cities that get water through the Central Arizona Project and farms in tribal areas, said Brenda Burman, the entity’s general manager.

Based on commitments from Nevada and California, Arizona would accept 1.1 million acre-feet in additional cuts. Water officials in the state declined to confirm the number and said discussions are underway on how cuts to other water-users would be shared.

"I would believe that part of the calculus here for those cities is: ‘Step up here, we do this, and we avoid maybe bigger mandatory cuts,'" said Tom Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Much of the state’s Colorado River supply is delivered through a canal system to dozens of water users that include cities in metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson, Native American tribes, businesses and farms. Some water savings are expected to come from a longstanding program that provides funding for leaving water in Lake Mead, the reservoir behind Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas.

Already, the Gila River Indian Community and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in metropolitan Phoenix have agreed to cut back their water use in exchange for tens of millions of dollars.

The plan is to move from simply trying to protect water levels at the major reservoirs — Lake Powell and Lake Mead — to building them up, Buschatzke said. Both are less than one-third full.

"This is a short-term deal to build stability," Burman said. "We all know we are going to have to learn to live with a smaller river."


The $233 million pact with the Gila River Indian Community is part of a broader effort to get states that rely on the Colorado River to substantially lessen their water use.


California has committed to conserving 1.6 million acre-feet of water under Monday's agreement — which is about half of the total.

The Imperial Irrigation District, which provides water to the crop-rich Imperial Valley in southeastern California, is the largest single recipient of the river's water. The district will work on a pilot program where farmers would turn off their water for 60 days on forage crops like alfalfa to save water during hot summer months, said JB Hamby, a district board member and chair of the Colorado River Board of California.

That might affect dairy farmers, but farmers, their workforce and consumers wouldn’t see a major hit, he said.

Another key recipient of river water is the Metropolitan Water District of California, which provides water to 19 million people in six counties, including Los Angeles.

The district is benefitting from a winter that battered the state with storms, leaving California awash with water for the first time in several years. Metropolitan will turn to other sources of water and leave about 250,000 acre-feet in Lake Mead this year, said Bill Hasencamp, the district’s manager of Colorado River resources.

The district also typically pays a nearby farming district to fallow land in exchange for about 130,000 acre-feet of water a year. Under the plan, the district would instead let the federal government buy that water.


As Arizona officials look at desalination, or the process of creating freshwater by removing salt from saltwater, as a way to solve the state's water crisis, there are also mounting questions over whether such ways to create water can even work for the Grand Canyon State, which has no access to the ocean.


The Las Vegas area — with 2.3 million residents and nearly 40 million tourists per year — relies almost completely on Colorado River water drawn from Lake Mead. But due to strict water-use laws and conservation measures, residents and tourists are not likely to notice changes in water supply in coming months. Ranches, farms and rural cities elsewhere in Nevada draw from groundwater and other sources.

Under Monday’s plan, Nevada will conserve about 285,000 additional acre-feet of water, the regional Southern Nevada Water Authority said.

Nevada historically has not used its full allocation of Colorado River water. Famous fountains on the Las Vegas Strip use recycled water, and for the past two decades, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has banned front yard lawns in new neighborhoods from using water. Grass at office parks and street medians is also banned, and home swimming pools are limited in size.


The states have been struggling to reach agreement since the river manager, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, called for swift and dramatic cuts last summer to stave off a crisis. A series of winter storms refreshed mountain snowpack and lowered some of that urgency for now, but the states agree that some reductions are still needed.

Though the federal government has threatened unilateral action since last summer, Reclamation officials didn't put in writing what that would look like until last month. They proposed two ways of forcing cuts: Relying on an existing, decades-old water priority system, or forcing cuts on a proportional basis across the board. The latter likely would have resulted in drawn-out, complicated lawsuits that few of the parties wanted.

The wet winter, fear of a nasty legal battle and the promise of federal dollars all appear to have helped bring everyone to the table.

"It’s always a concern when states lose control of their own process," said John Entsminger, Southern Nevada Water Authority general manager.


As the megadrought continues, there are a number of solutions being offered to help cities, as well as households, save water. One solution involves reclaiming water from sewage, as well as water used in washing dishes, doing laundry, and bathing.


Reclamation lifted a May 30 deadline for comment on its earlier proposals so that it can evaluate the environmental and other impacts of the three-state proposal.

Ultimately, a decision is likely to be made by mid-August, when federal officials outline the state of the river for the following year.

If it's finalized, the agreement will run through 2026, when other regulations and guidelines expire.


Naishadham reported from Washington D.C., and Taxin reported from Orange County, California.


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