Surprise to vote on purchase of Circle City Water Co.


Surprise’s purchase of CCW would be funded by the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.   File photo

Residents of Surprise will vote in a special election this coming May to decide if the city will acquire the Circle City Water Co. (CCW), a move that could grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by over 38 percent. 

The Surprise City Council recently voted to let voters have their say in a special May 2018 election as to whether the city should purchase CCW, a small water service company located in the northern part of the Surprise planning area and future water service area.

According to the city, the acquisition of CCW would give the city the company’s existing water infrastructure and increase allocation of Colorado River water, which is the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. The acquisition would help the city meet future demands and shortfalls in its water supply, according to the city. 

Surprise’s purchase of CCW would be funded by the sale of current and future water portfolio assets, according to the city, and will not come from Surprise water customers or tax payers. 

Prior to the May 2018 special election, the City of Surprise will host several public meetings to help educate voters about the proposed acquisition. This April, residents will also receive information by mail regarding the special election. 

Visit surpriseaz.gov for more information and a list of meeting dates and locations. 

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