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Sat, Dec. 14

Letter: How much water?

How much water?


Back in November, I asked the Prescott City Council to let us know how many homes can be built before the water runs out. The simple formula was Total Aquifer Water + Annual Rainfall – Current Annual Usage = Water Reserve/Average Annual Usage per Home = Number of Homes before we run out of water.

Never saw a response. Maybe they do not want us to know the actual number.

The article about the new 100-unit apartment complex created a second question for the council members. What is the total residential capacity of Prescott? If all residential lots, all land zoned for apartments and all fields/parcels for subdivisions are built on, does Prescott have the infrastructure, water, roads, sewer, police/fire, traffic control, commercial services and medical services to handle all these people? Is there a “residential capacity” that the council starts to worry about if attained?

One simple example; one would think that with Touchmark at The Ranch, Yavapai Hills subdivision and now a 100-unit apartment complex, that the intersection of Lee Boulevard and Highway 69 would get a little congested! Or is the long-term goal of the council to build out the entire city, consuming all residential building sites someday? Prescott can never have too many people living in it.

The value of property and sales tax dollars resulting in such a build-out far outweigh any concerns about infrastructure to support our total “residential capacity”? Many city residents await the council’s answer to this question.

William Von Rohr


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