Greenlee’s Lunt appointed to WIFA board

Suzanne Menges looks on as Richard Lunt takes his turn at the podium during a 2020 Greenlee County Candidate Forum, hosted by the Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce at Morenci High School. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

DUNCAN — Greenlee and Graham counties will have a voice when it comes to funding water projects.

State House Speaker Rusty Bowers announced Wednesday the appointment of Greenlee County Supervisor Richard Lunt to the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority Board.

WIFA first came into being in 1997 and has financed more nearly $3 billion of water and wastewater projects in the state via loans and grants.

In July, Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1740 that allocates $1 billion over three years to WIFA to “fund projects that will bring additional water to the state” by “importing water into Arizona, conservation, efficiency and reuses, and new technologies.”