Forming a water delivery district

An irrigation water delivery district is a group of adjacent landowners who enter into a cooperative relationship to handle the operation and maintenance of a neighborhood irrigation system.

Arizona State law prescribes the procedure for establishing such districts in the Arizona Revised Statutes Title 48 - Special Taxing Districts , Chapter 1, Articles 10 and 11 and all of Chapter 20.

SRP is providing this information to landowners within its service territory as a courtesy only. State and county officials set the process of establishing these districts, and questions about the process should be directed to those entities or discussed with an attorney.

The process

Once you have determined that your neighbors are interested in forming a water delivery district, follow these steps to form a water delivery district:

Step 1: Obtain approval to form a water delivery district (by ordinance or resolution) from the governing city or town (ARS 48-261 subsection E ).

Step 2: Complete and submit a special taxation impact statement (view sample Document is a PDF) (ARS 48-263 ).

Step 3: Submit city or town approval and impact statement to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors will decide if the petition to organize (see Step 4 below) may be circulated for signature of the landowners within the proposed Irrigation Water Delivery District (ARS 48-261 subsection A, paragraph 4 ).

Step 4: Complete and submit a petition to organize an irrigation water delivery district (view sample Document is a PDF) (ARS 48-3422 ).

Step 5: Pursuant to ARS 48-3422 subsection C , the petition to organize an irrigation water delivery district within the SRP irrigation service territory must be approved by SRP. Please submit a copy of your petition to:

Ron O'Rear, Supervisor
SRP Water Delivery Services - SSW302
P.O. Box 52149
Phoenix, AZ 85072-2149

If approved by SRP, you will receive an executed copy of the SRP consent form (see exhibit C Document is a PDF).

Step 6: Submit petition to organize and SRP consent form to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors will decide if the proposed Irrigation Water Delivery District will be approved (ARS 48-271 ).

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For more information

For information regarding the process for submitting the required impact statement pursuant to ARS 48-263 or the petition to organize pursuant to ARS 48-3422 , please contact Lori Medaris at the Maricopa County Clerk's Office at (602) 506-3766.

For information regarding the process to obtain approval by ordinance or resolution from the governing city or town pursuant to ARS 48-261 subsection E , contact the governing city clerk's office or town clerk's office.

For information about SRP's role in the process of establishing Irrigation Water Delivery Districts, contact Ron O'Rear at (602) 236-3333.