PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- A judge ruled Thursday that Prescott is entitled to the 8,067 acre-feet of Big Chino water that the Arizona Department of Water Resource had earlier designated plus 500 additional acre-feet of water.

A city attorney says Administrative Law Judge Thomas Shedden's 64-page decision means that Prescott is entitled to pump nearly 8,600 acre-feet from its Paulden-area water ranch.

But one of the local residents who appealed the earlier ADWR designation ruling on Big Chino water says the debate on the Big Chino water is far from over.

Gary Beverly says the ruling simply affirms that ADWR followed state law when it made its 2008 designation on Big Chino water.

Beverly says a number of other lawsuits are making their way through Maricopa Superior Court, all of which could delay the plans by Prescott and Prescott Valley to build a 30-mile pipeline from the Big Chino Water Ranch.

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Information from: The Daily Courier, http://www.dcourier.com

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