From the Office of Commissioner Andy Tobin

  For Immediate Release | 8-3-18      
  Media Contact | Holly Ward      
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Commissioner Tobin Encourages Rural Water Co-Ops to Apply for USDA Funds


PHOENIX — In a memo to the Arizona Water Emergency Team, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin advises $5.2 billion in federal loans and grants from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are available to Arizona’s rural water cooperatives. Commissioner Tobin says the funding could help rural water and wastewater infrastructure needs.

“Helping rural communities has been a top priority of mine since day-one at the Commission,” said Commissioner Tobin. “I think these dollars could make a significant impact on our smaller communities, and I’d like to see as many of these funds come to Arizona as soon as possible.”

Commissioner Tobin serves as Chairman of the Water Emergency Team which provides assistance small water companies in Arizona. Tobin says members should keep the USDA’s program in mind when dealing with potential applicants.

Earlier this week, USDA’s Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the USDA is committed to rebuilding the nation’s rural water infrastructure and encouraged eligible rural communities and water districts to apply online for the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.

Commissioner Tobin confirmed with Arizona’s USDA Director J.C. Sherman III that private non-profit companies, such as Arizona’s rural water cooperatives, may qualify for the funds if they are located within the USDA’s eligible areas.

Operators of such water cooperatives are urged to contact Director Sherman as soon as possible at 602-280-8701 to get assistance with their respective applications and answers to any questions related to their potential eligibility.

A list of companies regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission and considered non-profit entities for purposes of potential USDA program eligibility include:

  • Antelope Water Company
  • Arivaca Townsite Cooperative Water Company
  • Ash Fork Development Association/ Ash Fork Water Service
  • Avra Water Cooperative
  • Boynton Canyon Enchantment HOA
  • Cactus-Stellar Limited
  • Cibola Mutual Water Company
  • Community Water Company of Green Valley
  • Doney Park Water
  • Eden Water Company
  • Graham County Utilities
  • Granite Oaks Water Users Association
  • Groom Creek Water Users Association
  • ICR Water Users Association
  • Jackson Spring Estates H&POA
  • Michael’s Ranch Water Users Association
  • Parker Lakeview Estates HOA/ Parker Springs Water Company
  • Picacho Peak Water Company
  • Rancho Del Conejo Community Water Co-Op
  • Rillito Water Users Association
  • Sun Valley Farms Unit VI Water Co.
  • Tall Pine Estates Water & Improvement Association
  • Valley Pioneer’s Water Company
  • Verde Lakes Water Corporation
  • Walden Meadows Community Co-op
  • Yarnell Water Improvement Association

View information about the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program at

Apply for grants online at


View this week’s USDA press release at

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About Commissioner Andy Tobin:

Commissioner Andy Tobin was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006 and served as Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2014. He was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to fill a vacant seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2015 and elected to serve a full term in 2016. During this time, Commissioner Tobin has focused on getting broadband (internet) connections into rural Arizona schools, been instrumental in establishing the Water Emergency Team to proactively protect Arizona’s water supply, and recently introduced the Arizona Energy Modernization Plan calling for 80 percent of the state’s electricity generation to come from clean energy by 2050.

The Arizona Corporation Commission was established by the state’s constitution to regulate public utilities and business incorporation. The five Commissioners elected to the Corporation Commission oversee executive, legislative, and judicial proceedings on behalf of Arizonans when it comes to their water, electricity, telephone, and natural gas resources as well as the regulation of securities, pipeline, and railroad safety. To learn more about the Arizona Corporation Commission and its Commissioners, visit