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July Sun City Democratic Club Newsletter/Blog

Updated on June 21, 2017

Jeff Gibbs Book

Water Issues in Sun City

The July program is water specialist Jeff Gibbs who will speak on issues pertinent to the Southwest Desert. The meeting is July 6th at 6pm at Fairway Recreation Center (Del Webb and Peoria.) Patricia Dobson will introduce Jeff Gibbs.

This promises to be a very informative talk on a subject that we are all concerned about.

Here are some excerpts from one of Jeff Gibbs articles for the Arizona Republic:

The Valley as a hydrologic island

In a real sense, the Valley is a virtual island from a water perspective.

That is, it is a closed system. Only so much water can be imported from the Colorado River Basin via the CAP canal or from the Salt River Basin via the SRP canal system. The runoff from these basins is about to be over-subscribed and there is little hope the amount of water from these watersheds will increase in coming years.

This means that, in the absence of some new source of water, we must learn to make do with what we have.

In addition to conservation initiatives, one way to stretch our virtual supply is to reuse and recycle our existing supplies.


On re-claimed water.........wastewater treatment facilities for irrigating golf courses and cooling the Palo Verde nuclear power plant, ......significant potential exists for human consumption of reclaimed water through the use of advanced treatment technologies.

In many ways, Arizona is behind the curve on this. Countries such as Israel and Singapore, where Jeff Gibbs spent two years on a work assignment, generates something like 30 percent of its supplies from this source, bottling reclaimed wastewater as “new water” for public consumption. California is moving in this direction with several projects underway.

Jeff Gibbs is a former Litchfield Park planning commissioner who now lives in Surprise.

Future Meeting Topics

AUGUST: Bernadette Mills, Executive Director West Valley Arts Council/Arts HQ Gallery will report on a year long arts and economic prosperity study in the West Valley through Americans for the Arts and wrap her talk with a call to action. Arts and Economy are linked; When one is successful both are successful.

SEPTEMBER: Ice Cream Social. Candidates invited to attend and that have accepted include David Garcia , Katie Hobbs, Stan Arterberry, Bob Musselwhite and his wife Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite, Kathy Knecht, David Schapria. More candidates to be announced.

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER : Topics and speakers pending.

DECEMBER: Our usual savory Holiday Dinner. Do you have ideas for entertainment? Contact Marsha via text at 423 366-1800.


EPCOR bills to go up 70%?

SCHOA is fighting this and has sent out a request for funds.

The EPCOR Wastewater Rate Case is over with the exception of the final Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling and Approvals from the Commission.

The impact of consolidating the EPCOR water districts appears to be far worse for Sun City Ratepayers than the Wastewater consolidation.

Rate cases are extremely complicated and expensive to manage; legal and ancillary costs can easily exceed $85K per case.

SCHOA has given its best effort to fight this rate case and is now holding a fund raiser If Sun City was consolidated in the current wastewater case alone, each home would have a $15/month increase (may be prorated over 3-5 years). A $15.00 investment by Sun City ratepayers would make a lot of sense. With a majority of residents participating, Sun City could cover an appeal and the next rate case as well as any cases that may follow.

Your support is greatly appreciated. If you would like to support this fund raiser, please mail your check made out to SCHOA (indicating in the memo section: Utility Rate Cases Fund Raiser), to 10401 W. Coggins Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351.

Coffee EVERY Monday 9am

No matter what the season or weather or holiday, we meet EVERY Monday at 9am at Starbucks (99th Avenue & Bell.)

Our group remains strong even though the Snow Birds are all gone. We discuss pertinent topics, make plans to Resist, and meet new friends every week.

A reminder Email is usually sent out but even if you do not get your Email, You may be assured that we will meet that Monday at 9am.

Bring friends and neighbors. Join us!

Have you called yet?

Keep these guys on speed dial and let them


John McCain 602-952-2410 and 202-224-2235

Jeff Flake 602-840-1891 and 202-224-4521


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      Nancee Noel 5 months ago

      I felt like water specialist Jeff Gibbs missed a very important aspect in his talk -- what we can do individually to effect the water and pollution issues. Most of us are familiar with recycling and growing desert appropriate plants, but few, including Jeff, bring up the Holy Cow issue. Cattle and pigs are tremendous polluters of water and air. If the water used produce feed for beef cattle and for the cattle themselves were used for growing vegetables and other plant foods eaten directly by people, the water issue here would be nearly non-existent! Cattle for food is a very inefficient use of our resources. I know that all will not quit eating beef, but even if people were to eat only half as much as they do now, it would definitely help our water issue and our environment in general.

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      NMLady 5 months ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Anybody know the answer?

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      Yvonne Evans 5 months ago

      What has happened to progressive radio , 1480 am? Am I able to find it at another place?

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      NMLady 6 months ago from New Mexico & Arizona

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      NMLady 6 months ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Coin purse found! Yeah!

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      NMLady 6 months ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      I lost a coin purse at Starbucks last Monday.  Sure it was there because that was the only place I had my purse out of the car that day.  I went back and it had not been turned in.  In your next notice to members, please ask if anyone found it—half circle, made of burlap with a small design in brown.  Had about $3 in it and the person returning it can keep the cash.

       Let the editor know if you found this or call Shirley Mc as it was her coin purse.