by Lorrain Longhi, The Republic/

Water rights: Arizona v. California

Preliminary election results Tuesday show Surprise voters green-lighting the city’s request to purchase a small, private water company to increase the growing city’s share of Colorado River water.

The early results show the request passing by a large margin.

Surprise held a mail-in election with ballots sent to all registered voters in the city.

State law requires voter approval before a city can purchase a utility company.

The deal with Circle City Water Co. will now go before the Surprise City Council, who will negotiate the sale price. Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe said the purchase price could be anywhere between $10 million and $30 million.


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