On Thursday, Supervisors Goodman, McClure, and Miller, along with County Manager Leo Lew, attended a bill signing at the Governor's Office for HB2438, which grants counties additional authority to participate in water reuse, recycling, and recharge projects.
In her comments, Governor Hobbs said, "Looking forward, securing our water future is going to be a team effort. That means not only allowing each of our counties to be a part of the process, but to be active participants in improving our water practices."
Hobbs continued, "We should be empowering others to take action, not limiting their ability to help. I am proud that with this bipartisan legislation, Pinal County will now be able to participate in water reuse and recycling programs that are crucial to water conservation. They will also be able to begin meaningful engagements with the public and private water utilities to maximize the amount of water that is eligible for reuse."
District 3 Supervisor Stephen Miller, Vice-Chairman of the Pinal Groundwater Advisory Council and Pinal's representative on the Central Arizona Project Executive Committee commented, "HB 2438 is an example of what can happen when good ideas are elevated to a place where they can be implemented and benefit citizens throughout the County. This bill will allow us to 'participate in water reuse and recycling programs' at a time when water use is at the forefront of all residents' minds."
Miller concluded, "Water is not partisan, and HB 2438 is an example of what can happen when non-partisan issues are addressed in non-partisan ways."
Pictured behind Governor Hobbs at the bill signing are, left to right, Dean Miller (Water Utilities Association of Arizona), Fred Schneider (Arizona Water Company), Supervisor Steve Miller, Supervisor Jeff McClure, Supervisor Mike Goodman, and County Manager Leo Lew.