Phoenix Water Staff Takes Home Multiple Awards at AZ Water Association Conferencehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2817Water Services7/25/2023 7:25:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2817/Tech_Award_Photo_NR_Sized.jpgPhoenix Water Staff Takes Home Multiple Awards at AZ Water Association Conference<div class="ExternalClassA15C4B962DE3465EB681D5AB368763D0"><html> <div>Several Phoenix Water Dept. staff members and projects received special recognition at the AZ Water Association's annual conference held in May. AZ Water Association is a local non-profit with the mission to “advocate for Arizona’s water through bold leadership, connecting professionals, providing education, and inspiring environmental stewardship.”<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: CONSERVATION TEAM   </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The team, led by Dr. Max Wilson, consists of seven staff members. The highlights of the team’s work included the launch of several programs, including a Commercial Public/Private Cooling Tower Revolving Loan program, HOA and Business Efficiency Checkups, Water Waste Door Hangers, and Water Wrangler’s volunteers’ program that has inducted 18 volunteers into the program since Fall 2022. Other conservation efforts for the public include the future launch of high-efficiency toilet and smart controller rebates, off-the-shelf xeriscape plans, landscaper outreach, non-functional turf removal, and home water audits.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>In collaboration with the City of Phoenix Planning and Development Dept., the Water Conservation Team led the development of conservation related stipulations for two large developments in North Phoenix, including a commitment to certify 100% of homes to EPA WaterSense Homes standards. These stipulations have become the core of the City’s Sustainable Desert City Development Policy, which was unanimously adopted by the Phoenix City Council on June 13, 2023. This policy will develop standard water conservation related stipulations for all rezoning cases and direct staff to codify these water saving practices into City Code and Ordinances. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Contact information: <a href="mailto:conservation@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>conservation@phoenix.gov</strong></a><strong> </strong></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROJECT: 23RD AVE WWTP GRIT REPLACEMENT PROJECT </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The 23rd Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant detritor grit system, located at the north area of the plant, was replaced by a new grit stacked tray vortex system during the period of 2021-2022.  </div> <div>Project Highlights Include:</div> <div>• The new grit stacked tray vortex system only utilizes gravity to force grit the out of the process stream.</div> <div>• The performance fro m the new system surpasses older technologies by achieving 95% removal of all grit large than 75 microns.<br></div> <div>• The gravity-based process excels with lower power consumption.</div> <div>• The high level of grit collection achieved by the stacked trays has a snowballing effect for processes downstream. Grit abrasiveness and grit accumulation are problematic. Maintenance due to grit related issues are expected to decrease.</div> <div>• To provide City Programmers with full process flexibility, all process logic resides centrally in the plant’s SCADA system. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>WASTEWATER SYSTEM PROJECT: NW MASTERPLAN</strong>  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The City of Phoenix Water Services Dept. began working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in late 2019. In 2020, the director of Water Services Dept. went to Taiwan and met with TSMC representatives. City of Phoenix staff have been in regular meetings with TSMC representatives, consultants and suppliers since September 2020.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Water Services Department has provided critical support to TSMC Development in the following areas:</div> <div>• Plan, design, construct and operate $70 million in new wastewater infrastructure on an extremely short timeline in the Biscuit Flat area to support TSMC development, including a 40 Million Gallon per Day (MGD) Lift Station and over 12,000 ft (2.5 miles) of large diameter sewer mains.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Some highlighted achievements include: </div> <div>• Constructed two 108” tunnels underneath Interstate 17 (I-17) for water and sewer lines. The tunnels were constructed using a tunneling machine.</div> <div>• Wastewater sewer line infrastructure was completed on time and within budget</div> <div>• Wastewater lift station operational and undergoing modifications to allow for discharge to the south in addition to the lines to the east</div> <div>• Incorporating wastewater treatment engineering considerations as well as federal and local regulations into Industrial Pretreatment Permit limits<br></div> <div>• Reviewing and approving a new type and model of interim compliance sampling device</div> <div>• Ensure appropriate legal authority is in place for the protection of the City’s Wastewater Collection and Treatment System given the unprecedented impact that TSMC could have with the large volume of discharge and pollutants of concern </div> <div>• This is the largest discharger of wastewater that the City of Phoenix’s Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) has permitted to date </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>GIMMICKS AND GADGETS - RENEWABLE ENERGY: MIKE VEGA </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Mike Vega, a senior water quality inspector, developed a solar charging station for auto-sampler batteries. The idea was for safety, not free power. The building is over 30 years old and does not have a room with proper ventilation for charging batteries safely. The solar charging unit provides safe and cost-free energy. The unit charges the batteries faster than the electrical charging stations and charge three batteries at the same time. The fabrication took eight hours, and the solar panels and metal framing were repurposed items and the only cost was the two solar charge controllers at $40 each.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>ELECTRICIAN OF THE YEAR: ERIC DAVIS </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Eric Davis received this year’s Electrician of the Year Award at the AZ Water Association Annual Conference. Eric has been with the City of Phoenix Water Services Dept. for seven years. During this time, he became the lead electrician at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, leading a crew of six electricians and an apprentice. Every day, Eric’s work ethic is evident and sets the pace for how the electricians respond to urgent calls, work orders, projects, and assignments. These are all handled promptly from start to completion with the highest regard for excellent customer service, safety, and minimal impact on plant processes. Eric constantly seeks growth opportunities for his teammates and contributes to tackling the ever-changing needs of working at one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the Southwest region. His efforts have created a team mentality among his peers, who all work to support, assist, and care for each other. Eric supports the other electricians in their job assignments and is always available to answer any questions, give suggestions, and recognize where it is warranted and deserved. Congratulations, Eric!</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>LAB-CHEMIST TECHNICIAN: RUTH HALDEMAN </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Ruth Haldeman, received this year’s Laboratory Analyst of the Year Award at the AZ Water Association Annual Conference. Ruth, chemist II at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, takes on many research projects and helps the operational staff optimize processes and solve treatment problems. Her ability to innovate and create solutions for technical issues is impressive, and she trains her staff to assess and tackle these assignments. Ruth has developed personal and professional relationships with operations staff and management at 91st Ave. This helps the lab and plant work together and build trust. Congratulations, Ruth!<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Media Contact: </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Angela Serda  </div> <div>Public Information Specialist   </div> <div>Cell: (623) 499-8919 (call or text)  </div> <div>Email: <a href="mailto:angela.serda@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>angela.serda@phoenix.gov</strong></a><strong> </strong>  <br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesSolar Charging Station for Auto-Sampler Batteries Water DeptMichael Gertzman602-534-1209michael.gertzman@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/96/Michael_Gertzman_2022_200_300.jpgPHXWaterSolar Charging Station for Auto-Sampler Batteries



City of Phoenix Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday Noticehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2867City Manager9/22/2023 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2867/Newsroom_CityHall.jpgCity of Phoenix Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday Notice<div class="ExternalClass141B4C0824B54109836B6CDAA883A02E"><html> <p>​City of Phoenix offices will be closed Monday, October 9 in observance of the Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday. Here's how City services are affected:  </p> <p> <strong>Solid Waste Collection:</strong> Curbside trash and recycling schedules remain unchanged on Monday, October 9, with no schedule changes on the days following the holiday, either. Collection will happen as regularly scheduled, even on Indigenous Peoples' Day itself.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Transfer Stations:</strong> Both the 27th Ave. and North Gateway transfer stations will be closed on Monday, October 9.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Public Works Customer Contact Center:</strong> The Contact Center will be closed on Monday, October 9. It will reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10. Residents can call 602-262-6251.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Library:</strong> 16 of Phoenix Public Library's 17 locations will be closed Monday, October 9, in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday; <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/smcl" target="_blank">South Mountain Community Library</a> will remain open. All Phoenix Public Library book drops and digital/eResources are available 24/7. Visit <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/" target="_blank">phoenixpubliclibrary.org</a> for more details.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Parking Meters</strong>: All parking meters are enforced 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays.   </p> <p> <strong>Parks and Recreation Facilities:</strong> City of Phoenix Community centers will be closed on Monday, October 9 for the holiday. Parks and trails will be open for regular hours, but please review “<a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank">Take a Hike. Do it Right</a>." safety guidelines before visiting a trail.    </p> <p> <strong>S'edav Va'aki Museum</strong> will be closed on Monday, October 9. </p> <p> <strong>Public Transit:</strong> Both bus and light rail will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Monday, Oct. 9. Check <a href="https://valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">ValleyMetro.org</a> for schedules.</p> <p> <strong>Dial-a-Ride service</strong> will be available, by reservation, between 4:40 a.m. to 11 p.m. To learn more about the Dial-a-Ride service, visit <a href="/dial-a-ride" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/dial-a-ride</a>.   </p> <p> <strong>Sky Harbor International Airport:</strong> America's Friendliest Airport® continues to see record numbers of passengers. The Airport will be busy throughout October as schools enjoy Fall breaks, so travelers should give themselves extra time. If flying domestically, arrive at least two hours early. If flying internationally, arrive three hours early. With heavy crowds overlapping, make sure to leave extra time for parking. <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/parking/" target="_blank">Our Sky Harbor Parking program</a> makes it easy to reserve parking up to six months in advance. Enjoy convenient parking options in the terminal garages or an economy parking lot at the 24th Street PHX Sky Train® Station, which is an easy option for travelers who live west or north of the Airport.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews
Critical Incident Briefing – September 9, 2023 -85th Ave and Indian School Rdhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2869Police9/22/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/7x9hbo-yaxY?feature=sharedCritical Incident Briefing – September 9, 2023 -85th Ave and Indian School Rd<div class="ExternalClassFD7085C3708E486C90B25763FCBD21E7"><html> <p>​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong></p> <p>The Phoenix Police Department released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on September 9, 2023.  </p> <p>This incident began when officers responded to an emergency call of an aggravated assault in the neighborhood of 85th Avenue and Indian School Road.</p> <p>During the initial investigation, it was learned the victim was robbed of his car at gun point. </p> <p>Patrol officers worked with the victim and using the vehicle's GPS they tracked the car into the city of Glendale. The Phoenix Police Air Unit spotted the car as a man parked it and went inside a house near 8700 West Glendale Avenue.</p> <p>Officers contained the house and began negotiations. </p> <p>About 24 Minutes into the negotiations, the man came out of the house and walked to the end of the driveway. </p> <p>Officers continued to give the man commands at which time he pulled a handgun from his waistline and pointed it towards officers. It was at this time; three officers fired their duty guns and struck him.</p> <p>After the shooting, officers attempted to clear the property; however, they noticed a strong odor of gas coming from the inside of the house. Out of concerns for their safety, officers evacuated the immediate area.</p> <p>A team of officers with appropriate protective equipment assembled and completed clearing the house; noting a green propane canister had been left on. </p> <p>After the scene was safe, Glendale Fire Department responded and pronounced the man deceased.</p> <p>The gun displayed by the man was found on the ground next to him. It was determined to be a pellet gun resembling a semi-automatic handgun.</p> <p>All three officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct and have about six, seven, and eight years of service with the department respectively.</p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. </p> <p>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. This is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Phoenix Celebrates National Drive Electric Weekhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2868Environment & Sustainability9/22/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2868/Rivian.jpgPhoenix Celebrates National Drive Electric Week<div class="ExternalClass94434081D680420AB6F3153F2F69101F"><html> <p>​<span style="text-align:justify;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">National Driv</span><span style="text-align:justify;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">e Electric Week is from Sept. 22 through Oct. 1 and the City of Phoenix Office of Sustainability is celebrating in major ways. One celebration ​by hosting a series of events for current and potential electric vehicle owners.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">There will be opportunities to test drive an electric vehicle, learn about what you need to know before purchasing an electric vehicle and to learn about incentives and rebates available to current owners.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>EV 101 Electrify Your Ride | Sept. 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | </strong><a href="https://bit.ly/3rY0OfH" target="_blank"><strong>Register</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Are you considering purchasing an electric vehicle? The EV 101 Electrify Your Ride webinar is perfect for you! Learn what you need to know and ask questions before electrifying your ride. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>EV 102 For New EV Owners | Sept. 28 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | </strong><a href="https://bit.ly/3YnepZK" target="_blank"><strong>Register</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Current electric vehicle owners will not want to miss an opportunity to attend the EV 102 For New EV Owners webinar. Learn about the incentives and rebates that are available to electric vehicle owners. </p><p><strong>EV Ride and Drive | Sept. 30 | 8 a.m.-noon | NPHX Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave.| </strong><a href="https://bit.ly/3DMLTHE" target="_blank"><strong>Register</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">More than 20 electric vehicles will be available to test drive during the EV Ride and Drive event including various Tesla and Rivian models, the Chevrolet Bolt, the Kia EV6, the BMW iX, and much more. Waymo, SRP and Blink will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions about charging electric vehicles and driverless cars. Phoenix Public Library will also be in attendance signing people up for free library cards. Sixteen of the library locations now have charging stations available for electric vehicle owners.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information about the National Drive Electric Week events, email <a href="mailto:electricvehicles@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">electricvehicles@phoenix.gov</a>. <br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews



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