Phoenix Approves Construction Contract for Rehabilitation of Cave Creek Water Reclamation Planthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/3015Water Services2/7/2024 11:18:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3015/CCWRP_Site_Rendering.pngPhoenix Approves Construction Contract for Rehabilitation of Cave Creek Water Reclamation Plant<div class="ExternalClass3C1FA4172838431CA66A701777FEDD21"><html> <div>Media Open House on Thursday, Feb. 8 - See below for details.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward with a pivotal project to revitalize and expand the capabilities of the<strong> </strong><a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/2-7-24%20Formal%20Agenda-FINAL.pdf#page=157" target="_blank"><strong>Cave Creek Water Reclamation Plant</strong></a>, a key water treatment facility in north Phoenix at Cave Creek Road and Deer Valley Drive. This project marks a significant step forward in sustainable water practices and community development and sets the stage for what may be a transformative chapter in Phoenix's approach to innovative water management.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Cave Creek facility, shuttered in 2009 due to an economic slowdown, is poised for a comeback that aligns with Phoenix's strategic plan to diversify and secure its water resources. The council's decision to approve the construction contract opens a pathway for the plant to one day employ Advanced Water Purification technologies, offering a promising future where reclaimed water could meet potable standards.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"Phoenix takes seriously the need to secure our water future and continues to bring new solutions to the table to do so," Mayor Gallego said. "Reopening the Cave Creek Water Reclamation Plant with new water recycling capabilities will be crucial to shore up Phoenix's water supply, support sustainable development, and maintain a strong quality of life for Phoenix families. Thanks to the City's commitment to water stewardship and the deployment of innovative technologies, we will be able to deliver what is effectively a new water supply before the end of the decade."</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2026. It will feature a low-profile design, indoor equipment, covered processes, odor control scrubbers, and a color scheme harmonizing with the natural desert environment. The capacity is set at 8 million gallons a day (MGD), expandable to 16 MGD. With advanced treatment technologies like Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Ultraviolet Advanced Oxidation Processes (UV AOP), the plant could one day produce 6.7 million gallons a day of potable water to serve approximately 25,000 households annually.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Phoenix Water Services Director Troy Hayes has led the department's efforts to make this important project a reality. He echoed the Mayor's sentiments, highlighting the significance of ensuring long-term water security.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"With the Cave Creek Plant, we're setting the foundation for water security that will benefit our residents for generations to come," said Hayes. "The approval of this contract is a pivotal moment for our city. We are laying the groundwork for Advanced Water Purification processes that could create a valuable new water resource."</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Media Open House Cave Creek Water Reclamation Plant </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The media is invited to the Cave Creek Water Reclamation Plant to view the facility and learn about the rehabilitation project from subject matter experts. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>WHO: City of Phoenix water treatment experts</strong> </div> <div> <strong>WHAT: Interviews and tours of the plant</strong> </div> <div> <strong>WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 8 @ 9 to 11 a.m.</strong> </div> <div> <strong>WHERE: Cave Creek Water Reclamation Plant | Entrance is on the north side of the plant | <a href="/waterservicessite/Documents/CaveCreekWTPMap1.pdf" target="_blank">Map</a></strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <p> <strong>Please RSVP to Michael Gertzman at</strong> <a href="mailto:michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov​.</strong></a><br></p> <div> <strong>About City of Phoenix Water Services Department</strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The City of Phoenix Water Services Department is dedicated to providing high-quality, reliable, and sustainable water services to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Phoenix. With a commitment to water conservation, innovation, and long-term planning, the department ensures a secure and resilient water supply for future generations. For more information, visit <a href="/waterservices" target="_blank"><strong>phoenix.gov/water</strong></a><strong>.</strong></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Media Contacts:</strong> <br> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Michael Gertzman</div> <div>Sr. Public Information Officer </div> <div>Water Services</div> <div>602-534-1209</div> <div> <a href="mailto:michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"> <strong>michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov</strong> </a> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Jimena Garrison<br></div> <div>Public Information Officer</div> <div>Water Services</div> <div>480-390-1933</div> <div> <a href="mailto:jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"> <strong>jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov</strong> </a> <br> </div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesWater Dept
Phoenix Announces Non-Residential Financial Incentives to Remove Non-Functional Grass https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/3007Water Services2/1/2024 10:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3007/Newsroom_ Image_Non-Residential_Grass_Incentives.pngPhoenix Announces Non-Residential Financial Incentives to Remove Non-Functional Grass <div class="ExternalClassBDF0A6A2B0FB4B57A1D471EE7655F19B"><html> <p>​The Phoenix Water Services Department is launching new financial incentives to help non-residential customers conserve water and save money by removing non-functional grass and converting to desert landscaping. <br></p> <p>Non-residential customers can begin the application process by visiting the <a href="/waterservices/nonresidentialincentives" target="_blank"><strong>Non-Residential Grass Removal Program webpage</strong></a><strong>.</strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>"Phoenix is committed to leading the way in water conservation. This new incentive program is yet another significant step we’re taking towards realizing our vision of a more resilient city," said Mayor Kate Gallego. "By encouraging non-residential customers to replace non-functional grass with desert landscaping, we will not only be able to conserve vital water resources, but also create an environmentally conscious urban environment for future generations to enjoy."</p> <p> <strong>Key Highlights of the Incentive Program: </strong> <br> </p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li><p>Non-residential customers can receive $2 per square foot of grass removed, up to a project total of $250,000 per site, by converting to low water use, desert-adapted landscapes. <br></p></li> <li><p> A minimum of 1,000 square feet of grass must be removed to qualify for the incentive. </p></li> <li><p> The removed grass area must be replaced with a minimum of 50% live plant coverage at maturity per City of Phoenix Planning & Development (PDD) requirements.<br> </p></li> <li><p> The final irrigation system must be drip-automatic. </p></li> </ul> <p> <strong>Eligibility and Application Process: </strong> <br> </p> <p>The program is open to non-residential customers that are participants of a City of Phoenix Business Water Consultation or an HOA Water Efficiency Check-Up with Phoenix Water Services staff. Applicants will need to submit all documents to the Conservation Inbox (<strong><a href="mailto:conservation@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">conservation@phoenix.gov</a></strong>). Detailed instructions and requirements are available by visiting the <a href="/waterservices/nonresidentialincentives" target="_blank"><strong>Non-Residential Grass Removal Program webpage</strong></a><strong>. </strong><br></p> <p>To receive the incentive, you must complete the conversion within six months of the date of the issuance of the Notice to Proceed (NTP). Please do not begin the conversion without the approval from the Phoenix Water Services Department. <br></p> <p>(Projects larger than 125,000 square feet will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)<br></p> <p>Eligible costs that meet PDD landscape plan requirements and fall under the grass removal incentive include:<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li><p>Necessary plants and landscape materials.</p></li> <li><p> Labor for installation. </p></li> <li><p> Cost of conversion to drip irrigation systems. </p></li> </ul> <p>"Our Non-Residential Grass Removal Program is a win-win for businesses and the environment, said Cynthia Campbell, Water Resources Management Advisor. "Incentivizing the switch to low water use landscaping helps our non-residential customers reduce their water footprint significantly. This initiative reflects our dedication to preserving Phoenix's precious water resources while supporting our community's sustainable growth."<br></p> <p>Opting for desert landscaping is one of the most important things Phoenix customers can do to save water. By converting to desert plants, customers can save as much as 55 gallons of water per square foot of grass every year. The City is committed to sustainable living and will roll out the next phase of this financial incentive for residential customers as early as January 2025. <br></p> <p> <strong>Financial Disbursement: </strong> <br> </p> <p>Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis while funding lasts. Qualified applicants will receive their incentive in the form of a check, mailed to the address on file for their City Services Bill. Please allow up to 60 days to receive the check. <br></p> <p>For more information, FAQs, or to begin the application process, non-residential customers are encouraged to visit the <a href="/waterservices/nonresidentialincentives" target="_blank"><strong>Non-Residential Grass Removal Program webpage.</strong></a><br></p> <p> <strong>About City of Phoenix Water Services Department</strong> </p> <p>The City of Phoenix Water Services Department is dedicated to providing high-quality, reliable, and sustainable water services to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Phoenix. With a commitment to water conservation, innovation, and long-term planning, the department ensures a secure and resilient water supply for future generations.  For more information, visit <a href="/waterservices" target="_blank"><strong>phoenix.gov/water.</strong></a></p> <p> <strong>Media Contacts:</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Jimena Garrison</strong> </p> <p>Public Information Officer</p> <p>Water Services</p> <p>480-390-1933</p> <p> <a href="mailto:jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"> <strong>jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov</strong> </a> </p> <p> <strong>Michael Gertzman</strong> </p> <p>Sr. Public Information Officer </p> <p>Water Services</p> <p>602-534-1209</p> <p> <a href="mailto:michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"> <strong>michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov</strong> </a> <br> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesWater Dept
Annual Stormwater Awareness Campaign Encourages Residents to Help Keep Our Waterways Clean Year-round from Stormwater Pollution.https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2982Water Services1/16/2024 3:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2982/SAW_New_Room_Graphic_749x421_1.pngAnnual Stormwater Awareness Campaign Encourages Residents to Help Keep Our Waterways Clean Year-round from Stormwater Pollution.<div class="ExternalClassEB3A7BEF38004CD9AFA03F8595FD44F8"><html> <p>​The Water Services Dept. Environmental Services Division invites you to learn about the City of Phoenix Stormwater Management Program during the <strong>Fifth Annual Stormwater Awareness Week on Jan. 22 -28, 2024</strong>. Stormwater Awareness Week is an annual regional effort to teach simple everyday actions to reduce stormwater pollution. <br></p><p><strong><em>What is Stormwater Pollution?</em></strong><br></p><p>In Phoenix, stormwater is rainwater that flows over roads and through gutters and does not soak into the ground. This stormwater enters our storm drain pipes, which carry the water to protected surface waters like the Salt River or Skunk Creek. Unlike water we use to flush our toilets, stormwater does not go to a treatment plant. It flows from the storm drains <strong><em>untreated</em></strong> right into rivers and washes. <br></p><p>As stormwater flows across areas like roads and parking lots and into our storm drains, it can pick up pollutants like oil and pet waste and carry them into our washes and rivers. This creates significant water quality challenges. Because pollutants can enter surface waters through our storm drain system, the city is required to have a Clean Water Act MS4 permit from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to operate that system.    <br></p><p><em><strong>W</strong></em><strong><em>hat the City does to prevent Stormwater Pollution?</em></strong><br></p><p>Several Phoenix departments work together to support the MS4 permit through the Stormwater Management Program including Phoenix Water Services, Office of Planning and Development, Office of Environment Programs, and the Street Transportation Dept. </p><p>New for 2024, the program will add storm drain management tools and a database to help manage this complex permit, which uses infrastructure of 760 outfalls where rain flows, 80 of which are located along the Salt River. Additionally, a new stormwater post-construction program required by the permit allows owner-led inspections to minimize staffing costs. </p><p>"Stormwater Awareness Week encourages our community members to take everyday actions to help protect the quality of our water,” said Jennifer Calles, Deputy Water Services Director. “With our separate systems for stormwater and wastewater, it’s important to remember that stormwater doesn’t get treated and flows directly to nearby washes and retention basins, infiltrating the soil, making it imperative that we work daily to keep our water system clean.”<br></p><p><em><strong>How can residents participate in Stormwater Awareness Week?</strong></em><br></p><p>Since the campaign's initial launch in 2019, more Valley municipalities and government agencies have participated in the weeklong event. Be on the lookout for billboards, social media posts, and radio ads promoting Stormwater Awareness Week, encouraging the public to get involved by attending the virtual workshop or taking steps to reduce stormwater pollution. The <strong><a href="https://cityofphoenix.webex.com/weblink/register/rba03739f6c1210db1e82a41efc5c41e1" target="_blank">virtual workshop</a></strong> is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 24, at noon to discuss the City’s Stormwater Management Program and our activities to reduce stormwater pollution. Attendees are required to <strong><a href="https://cityofphoenix.webex.com/weblink/register/rba03739f6c1210db1e82a41efc5c41e1" target="_blank">register</a></strong> in advance to participate. <br></p><p>Additionally, residents are asked to take an<strong> </strong><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8B8BY6P" target="_blank"><strong>annual survey</strong></a> to measure their knowledge about the subject and determine the educational focus for the year. <br></p><p>Simple actions to reduce stormwater pollution include: </p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Properly disposing of trash, recyclables, and chemicals like detergent, paint, medications, etc. </li><li>Recycling motor oil and maintaining your vehicle to prevent leaks </li><li>Cleaning up after your pet </li><li>Using lawn chemicals sparingly and always following manufacturers’ directions </li><li>Properly disposing of leftover paint and household chemicals at a household hazardous waste event </li><li>And please remember - only rain in the storm drain <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">  </span></li></ul><p>To learn more about the City of Phoenix Water Services Department Stormwater Awareness Week and what you can do as an individual or business to prevent stormwater pollution, please visit <strong><a href="/waterservices/envservices/stormwater-program" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/stormwater</a></strong>. <br></p><p><strong>Media Contact:</strong><br></p><p><strong>Jimena Garrison</strong></p><p>Senior Public Information Officer </p><p>Water Services<br></p><p>Cell: 480-390-1933 (call or text) <br></p><p>E-mail: <strong><a href="mailto:jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov</a></strong><br></p><p><strong>Angela Serda</strong></p><p>Public Information Specialist<br></p><p>Water Services<br></p><p>Cell: 623-499-8919 (call or text) </p><p>E-mail: <strong><a href="mailto:angela.serda@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">angela.serda@phoenix.gov</a></strong></p><p><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesWater Dept
Now Open: Kids’ Coloring Contest to Showcase Importance of Environmental Protections https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2934Water Services11/16/2023 10:21:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2934/SM_Kids_Art_Contest_ Newsroom_2023-07.pngNow Open: Kids’ Coloring Contest to Showcase Importance of Environmental Protections <div class="ExternalClass202CB5FF4E524938822FF1A74E854543"><html> <div>​The Environmental Services Division (ESD), part of Phoenix Water Services Dept., is delighted to present a community-focused and art engagement experience designed to educate children and families about environmental protection.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Water Warriors Kids' Coloring Contest is now open and running until December 31, 2023, where children aged six to twelve can showcase their artistic skills and illustrate various ways residents can contribute to protecting our environment and water quality. The top twelve contest participants will have their artwork entry featured in the creation of an engaging and undated calendar giveaway that will benefit our entire community and win a cool prize.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Building upon the success of the 2023 Only Rain in the Storm Drain Bookmark Contest, which centered around the Stormwater Management program, this year the ESD Division aims to shed light on additional ways that residents can actively protect the environment. The ESD team consistently works towards educating and engaging with the community through initiatives like Commercial Outreach and addressing illegal dumping complaints. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The contest name has transitioned from "Only Rain in the Storm Drain," focused on Stormwater Awareness, to "Water Warriors," encouraging kids to incorporate one of the Water Department mascots: Wayne Drop, Loo Poo, and Hopper and create actionable scenes that depict the mascots being a “Water Warrior.” Through the public education component of this campaign, Phoenix Water Dept. shares specific behaviors that residents should be mindful of to safeguard our community's waterways. Some of these examples are picking up trash, throwing away lawn clippings/leaves, or even scooping up your pet’s poo. More suggestions are available at <a href="/WaterColoringContest" target="_blank"><strong>phoenix.gov/WaterColoringContest</strong></a><strong>.</strong></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>How to Enter the Contest </strong> <br> <br> </div> <div>1.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span><a href="/waterservicessite/Documents/FLYER_Kids_Art_Contest_2024.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>Download the flyer</strong></a><strong>,</strong> <a href="/waterservicessite/Documents/RULES_Kids_Art_Contest__2024.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>contest rules</strong></a>, and <a href="/waterservicessite/Documents/TEMPLATE_Kids_Art_Contest_2024.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>template</strong></a> to enter. Art must be original and created in the <a href="/waterservicessite/Documents/TEMPLATE_Kids_Art_Contest_2024.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>template</strong></a> provided. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>2.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span><a title="" href="mailto:watersmart@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>Email it to us!</strong></a><strong> </strong>Scan or take a photo of your finished art and email it to: <a href="mailto:watersmart@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>watersmart@phoenix.gov</strong></a><strong>.</strong> For all entries, include "<strong>2024 Kids Art Contest</strong>” in the subject line. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>3.<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Submission Deadline: Friday, December 31 at 4:59 p.m. (MST) Entries will be judged on creativity, originality and how well entrants capture the theme of the contest. The City reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not follow contest rules or deemed inappropriate. <a href="/waterservicessite/Documents/RULES_Kids_Art_Contest__2024.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>Read the full list of contest rules</strong></a><strong>.</strong>The top twelve participants will be announced January 2024 and they will have their artwork featured in the undated printed calendar.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Learn more at <a href="/WaterColoringContest" target="_blank"><strong>phoenix.gov/WaterColoringContest</strong></a> or <a href="/waterservices" target="_blank"><strong>phoenix.gov/water.</strong></a><strong>  </strong><br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>A<strong>bout Phoenix Water Services Dept. Environmental Services Division:</strong></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Environmental Services Division (ESD) is dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by maintaining compliance with environmental regulations for drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater quality.<br><br></div> <div>Through the effective management of the Water Monitoring, Industrial Pretreatment, Commercial Inspection, Stormwater Management, and Wastewater Monitoring programs, we provide a safe and reliable domestic water supply to all residents and maintain a clean, healthy environment.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>ESD also ensures compliance with environmental regulations and permits with a water, wastewater and stormwater compliance section.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>ESD operates a NELAC Certified Environmental Laboratory.​<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Visit <a href="https://phoenix.gov/ESDNews" target="_blank"><strong>phoenix.gov/ESDNews</strong></a><strong> </strong>to subscribe to the Environmental Services Newsletter.​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></div> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesWater Dept
Don’t get caught up in the FOG, be Phoenix Water Smart this holiday season https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2930Water Services11/16/2023 5:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2930/Newsroom Article Image - FOG.pngDon’t get caught up in the FOG, be Phoenix Water Smart this holiday season <div class="ExternalClass8262D2E8AC4F45BB82EC5803A7D9E6B8"><html> While you’re getting ready to cook those festive meals this holiday season, the <a href="/waterservices/envservices" target="_blank"><strong>Environmental Services Division</strong></a> at Phoenix Water wants to remind you to be mindful of what’s going down your drain. <br> <div> <br> </div> <div>Fats, oils, and grease, or FOG, are derived from plant and animal sources and are a by-product of cooking. When FOG is poured down the drain, it can stick to sewer pipe walls and harden, causing messy and costly backups not only at home, but in your surrounding neighborhood. This includes seemingly harmless foods like dairy products or salad dressings.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"The Environmental Protection Agency finds that in almost half (47%) of sewer overflows, FOG is the culprit," said Christine Nuñez, Environmental Programs Coordinator with ESD. "Not only does FOG cause backups in the City’s sewer system but it is the No. 1 cause of household sewer backups."</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Don’t let FOG ruin your holiday fun. Here are some Phoenix Water Smart tips to avoid a sewer scare: <br></div><div><br></div> <div>• Scrape off leftover food on plates, pots or pans into the trash. </div> <div>• Before placing dirty plates in the dishwater, use a paper towel to remove excess oils and other wastes, then throw the towel away in the trash. </div> <div>• Use a sink strainer to catch leftovers in the sink, then empty the contents of the strainer into the trash. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Maintaining our sewer system is a shared responsibility. As part of the <a href="/waterservices/envservices/comminsp" target="_blank"><strong>Commercial Inspection</strong> <strong>Program​</strong></a>, ESD staff educate and inspect commercial users like restaurants, schools or shopping malls to ensure compliance with Phoenix City Code Chapter 28 (Sewers). By doing so, this program serves as a preventative tool to help eliminate pollutants that can interfere with the wastewater collection system or treatment plant operations. </div> <div><br></div><div>ESD is dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by maintaining compliance with environmental regulations for drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater quality. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div><a href="/waterservicessite/Documents/Save_Our_Sewers_%20Flyer_2021_ENG_SPA.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>Learn more about FOG and other ways to save our sewers.</strong></a><br></div> <br> <div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></span></div><div><br></div><div>Jimena Garrison<br></div><div>Public Information Officer</div><div>Water Services<br></div><div>480-390-1933 <br></div><div><a href="mailto:jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov</strong></a><br><br></div><div>Michael Gertzman<br></div><div>Sr. Public Information Officer <br></div><div>Water Services<br></div><div>602-534-1209 ​</div><div>​<a href="mailto:michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov​" target="_blank"><strong>michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov​</strong></a></div><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesWater Dept
City of Phoenix Embraces Advanced Water Purification in Response to ADEQ’s Proposed Program Roadmaphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2907Water Services11/2/2023 6:50:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2907/Newsroom_Water_055.jpgCity of Phoenix Embraces Advanced Water Purification in Response to ADEQ’s Proposed Program Roadmap<div class="ExternalClassFE4D906EE45B40B78CC3E1BFB78360DF"><html> <p></p><p>The City of Phoenix strongly supports the <a href="https://www.azdeq.gov/PR/AWP" target="_blank">Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's (ADEQ) recently released proposed Advanced Water Purification (AWP) Program Roadmap​</a>. The City considers the roadmap to be a significant step toward water sustainability. The Phoenix Water Services Department, in line with ADEQ's vision, is poised to be an innovator in Advanced Water Purification techniques to transform treated wastewater into safe, purified drinking water.<br></p><p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego supports this collaborative effort, stating, "As we confront a historic drought and unprecedented regional growth, innovation in water management is not just an option; it's a necessity. Phoenix's proposed Advanced Water Purification facilities, in alignment with ADEQ's guidelines, will provide millions of gallons of purified water daily. This initiative is not only safe and sustainable, but it also stands as a testament to our commitment to fortifying our water resources for future generations."<br></p><p>The Phoenix Water Department, in partnership with ADEQ and other stakeholders, is spearheading this revolutionary water management approach. Central to this initiative are the proposed regional Advanced Water Purification facility and the Cave Creek Water Reclamation Plant rehabilitation project. The Cave Creek plant will be equipped with state-of-the-art purification technologies, laying the foundation for the larger regional plant, to bolster Phoenix's water sustainability efforts significantly.<br></p><p>Phoenix Water Services Director Troy Hayes highlights the project's meticulous approach. "Our commitment to water safety and quality is unwavering. The proposed facility will utilize state-of-the-art treatments, including ozone treatment, granular activated carbon, ultrafiltration, and reverse osmosis. These processes meet and exceed the state's stringent water quality standards."<br></p><p>This initiative is a proactive response to the growing water scarcity challenges in Arizona and is in line with the state's vision of managing water resources effectively and sustainably. It also underscores the City of Phoenix's commitment to innovative solutions in water management, ensuring a reliable and safe water supply for its residents, as it has done for over 100 years.<br></p><p>The City of Phoenix welcomes public feedback on ADEQ's proposed AWP Program Roadmap and encourages community involvement in shaping the future of water management in Arizona.<br></p><p><strong>About City of Phoenix Water Services Department</strong></p><p>The City of Phoenix Water Services Department is dedicated to providing high-quality, reliable, and sustainable water services to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Phoenix. With a commitment to water conservation, innovation, and long-term planning, the department ensures a secure and resilient water supply for future generations.<a href="/water" target="_blank"> <strong>For more information, visit phoenix.gov/water.</strong></a></p><p><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></p><p>Michael Gertzman<br>Sr. Public Information Officer <br>Water Services<br>602-534-1209 </p><p>​<a href="mailto:michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov</a></p><p>​Jimena Garrison<br>Public Information Officer<br>Water Services<br>480-390-1933 </p><p><a href="mailto:jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov</a></p><p>​​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesWater Dept
Tres Rios Wetlands Controlled Burn Planned for Octoberhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2889Water Services10/12/2023 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2889/Tres Rios Controlled Burn Newsroom.jpgTres Rios Wetlands Controlled Burn Planned for October<div class="ExternalClass9B270D31F51F4A8A8C3D79C5E8B65F2C"><html> <p>The City of Phoenix, in coordination with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM), is planning to conduct a controlled burn at the <a target="_blank" href="/waterservices/tresrios">Tres Rios Wetlands</a> in October 2023. <strong>The burn is tentatively scheduled to begin on </strong><strong>Tuesday, Oct. 17</strong>, but that is subject to change depending on the weather conditions. The event is expected to produce a significant smoke plume visible in southwest Phoenix and the surrounding areas, and 91st Avenue will be closed from the 91st Wastewater Treatment Plant North Gate to Baseline Road from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br></p> <p>The primary purpose of the operation is to reduce dense vegetation and is part of the ongoing process of restoring vital riparian habitat. Fire is nature's way of providing nutrients to the soil, removing invasive species of plant life, and improving the overall health of an ecosystem.</p> <p> <strong>Why is Burning Necessary</strong>?</p> <p>Previous attempts to mechanically maintain Tres Rios vegetation have proven to be time-consuming and cost prohibitive. After researching alternative methods, the Phoenix Water Services Department identified control burns as an optimal means to maintain the wetlands. Additionally, a controlled burn reduces hazardous fuels, protecting surrounding communities from extreme fire.</p> <p> <strong>Why is the Burn Planned for October</strong>?</p> <p>Per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Tres Rios Safe Harbor Agreement, control burns may be conducted from October through February to avoid impacts during the breeding season. October has been identified as the ideal time to conduct the preliminary Tres Rios Control Burn, but that could change depending on weather conditions and other factors.</p> <p> <strong>How Big is the Burn Area</strong>?</p> <p>One entire Tres Rios Flow Regulating Wetland (FRW) cell is allowed to be burned annually. This initial controlled burn will only target half of the FRW-3 cell, either Area 1 or Area 2, as identified in the figure below.<img src="/waterservicessite/MediaAssets/Tres%20Rios%20controlled%20burn%20October%202023.PNG" alt="Tres Rios" style="margin:5px;width:494px;vertical-align:baseline;" class="" /><br></p> <p> <strong>How Will the Fire Be Extinguished</strong>?<br></p> <p>After the control burn is completed, the cell will be flooded to extinguish any smoldering flames. Water quality will be monitored and confirmed acceptable before the release of water from the cell to the Tres Rios Overbank Wetlands. That will include allowing sufficient time for any fire debris to settle out and the completion of a water quality sampling plan.</p> <p> <strong>What is the Phoenix Fire Department's Role</strong>?</p> <p>The Phoenix Fire Department will administer the controlled burn with guidance from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.</p> <p>The controlled burn will also serve as a training opportunity for the Phoenix Fire Department's Wildland Urban Interface program, which will provide Phoenix firefighters with the necessary skills, certification, and experience to battle wildfires that threaten the City of Phoenix. In addition, the controlled burn may also give the Phoenix Police Department's Firebird helicopter crew a training opportunity.</p> <p>The specific training will be focused on the following certifications necessary to coordinate and fight wildfires safely and effectively:</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""> <li>Wildland Firefighting 1 and 2</li> <li>Wild<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">land Engine Boss</span></li> <li>Strike<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> Team Leader</span></li> <li>Task Team Leader</li> <li>Incident Commander Type 4</li> <li>Burn Boss</li> <li>Drone Mapping and Incident Command integration training</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Who is Involved with the Controlled Burn</strong>?</p> <p>In addition to the Phoenix Water Services Department, Phoenix Fire Department, and Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, there are other relevant parties and agencies that may be affected by the Tres Rios controlled burn:</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""> <li>United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)</li> <li>Unite<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">d States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)</span></li> <li>Gila River Indian Community (GRIC)</li> <li>Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD)</li> <li>Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)</li> <li>Phoenix-Goodyear Airport</li> <li>Sky Harbor International Airport</li> <li>Emergency 911 Call Center</li> <li>Residents and other stakeholders</li> </ul> <p> <strong>What is Tres Rios</strong>?<br></p> <p>The Tres Rios Wetlands receives reclaimed water from the 91st Ave Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and are maintained by the City of Phoenix Water Services Department. </p> <p>The Tres Rios Environmental Restoration project involves the rehabilitation of nearly 700 acres in and around the Salt River, restoring a vital wetland and riparian habitat. It consists of the Tres Rios Flow Regulating Wetlands (FRWs) and Tres Rios Overbank Wetlands (OBWs). They are located just west of 91st Avenue, south of Broadway Road. The Tres Rios FRWs receive treated wastewater from the 91st Ave WWTP, and act as the final polishing step in the treatment process. Reclaimed water is then discharged from the FRWs to the OBWs before being conveyed back to the Salt River. The Tres Rios FRWs are closed to the public. However, the Tres Rios OBWs are open to the public through a free access permit system.</p> <p>The lush and scenic Tres Rios is now home to more than 150 species of birds and animals like muskrats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, and beavers. The beautiful cottonwood groves, willows, mesquites, and other desert shrubs around the reed-lined ponds and along the trail attract many migratory and wintering songbirds.</p> <p> <strong>Media Staging Areas</strong>:<br></p> <p>Depending on the wind, media can stage at either the northwest corner of <a target="_blank" href="https://maps.app.goo.gl/SRJcP8WkJijvgRDG6">91st Avenue and Paradise Road</a> (please stay at least 100 feet away from the power lines and do not use a tall mast) or the southeast corner of <a target="_blank" href="https://maps.app.goo.gl/i7hja9PdJDUkKCYg7">91st Avenue and Southern Avenue</a>. Those interested in covering the event should call or email the media contacts listed below for guidance on how to access the area. Fire experts will be available for interviews at the scene. For the safety of the crews and to minimize disruptions to operations, please do not fly drones in or around the controlled burn area.​<br></p><p><img class="" style="margin:5px;width:494px;vertical-align:middle;" alt="Tres Rios" src="/waterservicessite/MediaAssets/Tres%20Rios%20controlled%20burn_proposed%20media%20staging%20areas.PNG" /><br></p><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Media Contacts</strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">:</span><br> <p>Michael Gertzman<br> Senior Public Information Officer <br>Phoenix Water Services Dept.<br> 602-534-1209<br> <a target="_blank" href="mailto:michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov">michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov</a>​</p> <p></p> <p>Capt. Rob McDade<br>Phoenix Fire Dept.<br>480-216-9712<br><a target="_blank" href="mailto:robert.mcdade@phoenix.gov">robert.mcdade@phoenix.gov</a>​<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesWater Dept
Fall Applications Now Open for Phoenix Water Wrangler Volunteer Program https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2880Water Services10/3/2023 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2880/Newsroom_WaterWrangler.pngFall Applications Now Open for Phoenix Water Wrangler Volunteer Program <div class="ExternalClass3581DF21485E4AB3A516DCD0DA961602"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>​Are you passionate about water conservation? Then become a Phoenix Water Wrangler! <br></p><p>The Phoenix Water Services Department is accepting applications for the fall 2023 cohort now through Saturday, Oct. 14. <br></p><p>This innovative volunteer program mobilizes community members to promote responsible water stewardship within the City of Phoenix by collaboratively performing water conservation outreach, communication, and education at local events.<br></p><p>“The Wranglers are a group of ​​​highly motivated and water-conscious Phoenix residents who find the fun in helping their community to learn about water conservation,” said Emilie Brown, Water Resource Specialist, and program coordinator. “For the Wranglers and all Phoenicians, water conservation is a way of life, and our goal at the City and in the volunteer program is to make saving water an easy choice for everyone.”<br></p><p>There are several volunteer opportunities on weekdays (day and evening) and weekends every year. Past events have included community meetings, environmental education opportunities, school visits, and clean-ups. <br></p><p>Erica Segal, who joined the Water Wranglers in spring 2022, enjoys seeing the conservation team and volunteers in action at public events where she is always learning something new. <br></p><p>"Living in the Sonoran Desert is a very unique and beautiful place unlike anywhere I've ever lived,” said Segal. “Understanding where our water comes from and how it's used is critical and beneficial knowledge, especially when every action we take has a huge impact."<br></p><p>Thanks to the dedication of our passionate Water Wranglers, the group was one of many teams recently honored by Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego at the City’s annual volunteer awards ceremony.<br></p><p>“Joining the Water Wranglers provides an opportunity to meet like-minded people,” said Mike Kleminski, who became a Water Wrangler last year. “Through different volunteer activities I can help the City of Phoenix Water Services share their plans for conserving and protecting our water with my friends and neighbors.”<br></p><p>To participate in the Phoenix Water Wrangler program, volunteers must complete a minimum of four in-person training sessions. The first two training sessions will focus on general water topics and the final three sessions will cover community engagement, outreach, education, and how Phoenix Water operates.​<br></p><p><strong>Who we are looking for: </strong></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>​Volunteers who are at least 18 years or older</li><li>A high school graduate/GED equivalent, or higher</li><li>An excellent communicator </li><li>Able to fully complete pre-service, required training</li><li>Comfortable with public speaking, familiar with community development, and experienced in collaborating across diverse groups</li><li>Creative, responsible, flexible, and self-motivated </li><li>​​Passionate about learning and promoting water conservation and sustainability in our desert city​</li></ul><p>​​​<strong>Where: In-person at Burton Barr Central Library.</strong></p></div> <p> 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004<br></p> <p> <strong>When: Trainings are on Saturday afternoons. </strong><br></p> <p> Invest in our City’s future and sign up to be a Water Wrangler by visiting <a href="/waterservices/waterwrangler" target="_blank"><strong>phoenix.gov/waterwrangler​.</strong></a> </p> <div> <br> </div> <div> <div> <strong>Media Contacts:</strong> </div> <div>Jimena Garrison</div> <div>Public Information Officer<br></div> <div>Water Services<br></div> <div>480-390-1933<br></div> <div> <a href="mailto:jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>jimena.garrison@phoenix.gov</strong></a> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Michael Gertzman<br></div> <div>Senior Public Information Officer </div> <div>Water Services</div> <div>602-534-1209</div> <div> <a href="mailto:%20michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov</strong></a> </div> <br> </div> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesWater Dept



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