Topic: Municipal


Havasu City recognizes Beachcomber Resort

Excerpt: The city on Tuesday recognized Beachcomber Resort Manager Jim Hill for his efforts in conserving water.

Excerpt: As of 2015, the Beachcomber Resort consumed about 200,000 cubic feet of water per month. With a few changes, including the removal of azalea bushes that once spanned the property, the resort now consumes an average of 70,000-90,000 per month, Morgan said.

Toilet to tap water treatment may soon be legal in Arizona

Excerpt: Once mocked as "toilet to tap", the practice of directly treating wastewater for drinking could be legal in Arizona by the end of this year.

Excerpt: “Water reuse’s time has come. It’s a large theme taking place across the U.S. and the world,” Tucson Water Director Tim Thomure told a state water recycling committee this week in Phoenix.

Excerpt: Direct potable reuse involves piping wastewater from a conventional sewage treatment plant to another, more technologically advanced plant that treats the water to drinking quality. A reverse osmosis plant, which runs wastewater through membranes for treatment, is one of several technologies available.

Excerpt: Drought is a key factor driving many states to consider direct potable reuse. In Arizona, a bigger factor may be that ADEQ is now revising what Graf calls its “pretty aged” overall water reuse regulations, unchanged since 2001. Water utilities want the direct reuse approved now because it may be years before the rules are revised again.

Arizona cities cut deal to store more water in Lake Mead

Excerpt: Officials in Arizona have approved a new water-sharing agreement that will leave more water in Lake Mead in an effort to head off an unprecedented federal shortage declaration.

Excerpt: Under an agreement between water officials in Phoenix and Tucson, a significant amount of Colorado River water allocated to Phoenix will be stored in Tucson-area reservoirs and the underground aquifer next year, while Tucson will draw about 20 percent less water from Lake Mead than normal.

Excerpt: Lake Mead sank to a low record of 1,071.61 feet above sea level on July 1, but has since gained nearly 5 feet.

If the lake’s surface is below 1,075 feet at the beginning of a year, Nevada would be forced to cut its river use by 4 percent while Arizona would take an 11 percent cut.

The Bureau of Reclamation currently forecasts that the lake will be at 1,078 feet above sea level— 3 feet above the first water shortage trigger — at the end of December.

Arizona Water Initiative starts

Excerpt: The Mohave County Board of Supervisors requested the basins here be a top priority, as some of the largest water basins in the state are in the county. The state agreed and Kingman is home to the first of many that will be held in the state to examine the demand for water and the potential challenges in meeting that demand.

Excerpt: While Water Resources will work with local governments on defining the challenges and developing strategies, Mohave County is home to a large farming operation along Stockton Hill Road between Kingman and Pierce Ferry Road, and in Red Lake and Golden Valley. Also, a nut farm is going in off of Route 66 between Kingman and Valle Vista.

Excerpt: Farmers are leaving drought-stricken, heavily-regulated California by the droves and many are heading straight to Arizona, according to Supervisor Buster Johnson.

Nestle plans $35 million plant to bottle water in Phoenix

Excerpt: The plant is projected to fill 264 million half-liter bottles in its first year, or almost 35 million gallons.

That's more than enough water to supply 200 Phoenix households for a year. The plant is expected to create 40-50 jobs.

Excerpt: Phoenix officials say the city tap-water supply is secure for years — maybe decades — despite regional drought, and they're eager to put more of it to use attracting manufacturing jobs like Nestle's.

Excerpt: "It's certainly ironic to some degree to have a water-bottling plant in one of the driest cities in the country," Sierra Club Arizona director Sandy Bahr said.

Effluent system installation begins at Rotary Park

Excerpt: Work began Monday on an effluent system that will sustain Rotary Community Park while reducing the city’s dependence on potable Colorado River water.

Excerpt: “We’re going to convert Rotary Park and London Bridge Beach to use reused, effluent water rather than potable water,” Wilson said. “No grant money will be spent on the actual construction – the city is paying for that part. As shortages loom, we know that the more potable water we save, the better off we are. As the city continues to grow, the further our reliance on the Colorado River will extend for peoples’ use.”

California nut farm's move to Arizona raises water concerns

Excerpt: A farm operation that is moving from California to Arizona to raise almonds and other nuts has raised concern about whether it will deplete water supplies in Mohave County.

Excerpt: Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson said the fully planted farm will use nearly 8 billion gallons of water annually.

Excerpt: He said several companies are choosing Arizona as a logical place to move amid drought-related water restrictions in California and other parts of the world.

"The recent loss of water rights on the Big Sandy, coupled with the increased farming activity in the Hualapai Valley and Sacramento basins near Kingman, brings concerns to the longevity of adequate water supplies for Mohave County," said Johnson.

Lake Havasu offering mussel decontamination for boats

Excerpt: A new decontamination station inside Lake Havasu State Park serviced its first boat this week. The device, inside a shipping container, flushes 140-degree water through a boat’s water intake systems. Boats then need about a week to dry.

Excerpt: The mussels can ruin boat motors and clog water intakes, such as pipes and screens on power and water-treatment plants.

Excerpt: Kami Silverwood, a Game and Fish aquatic invasive species specialist, said the importance of cleaning boats and draining water can’t be stressed enough.

“Other western states are like, ‘Hey, you have the mussels, you need to contain them,”’ Silverwood said.

Lake Mead water levels

Excerpt: Federal forecasters expect the lake to stay in record territory and continue to drop through the end of June, when it could dip as low as 1,073 feet above sea level. After that, the reservoir should begin to inch back up as Lake Powell delivers more water downstream. This should give record keepers time to update their ledgers before next April, when the water level will likely to enter historic territory once again.

Excerpt: Should Lake Mead start 2016 below the 1,075 mark, it will trigger the first federal shortage declaration on the Colorado and prompt Nevada and Arizona to cut back on the amount of water they take from the river.

Current projections call for the lake to remain just above that all-important shortage line on Jan. 1 of both 2016 and 2017, but those forecasts assume average or better snow accumulations in the mountains that feed the Colorado River — something that’s happened only three times in the past 15 years.

Water audit might help Havasu find leaks

Excerpt: Lake Havasu City water officials are saying it’s time to see where and why the city’s water distribution system is losing water.

Excerpt: Wilson said if the audit shows the water loss is an issue of improper accounting, it can be an easy fix. But if it’s a physical loss, Wilson said the focus may shift to loss detection.

He doesn’t believe a water audit has been done in at least 10 years. He thinks the grant will allow the city to make a proactive move.

“We think it’s another way to become more efficient in our water use,” Wilson said.

Epcor plans to buy Arizona water utility

Excerpt: The City of Edmonton-owned company%u2019s wholly owned subsidiary, Epcor Water (USA) Inc., said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with GWR Global Water Resources Corp. to acquire the assets and operations of the Willow Valley Water Company for about $2.5 million. The deal is subject to adjustments and regulatory approval by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Excerpt: Epcor is now the largest private, regulated water utility in Arizona and New Mexico. It provides water and waste water service to about 200,000 customer connections across 22 communities and seven counties.

Arizona town of Williams drought

Excerpt: In February, the town went into level four water restrictions, the highest level of restrictions that prohibits the use of water for anything other than public health or emergencies.

Excerpt: The Santa Fe Reservoir is more than 20 feet below its full line. Thick, black, white and rust-red rings mark the dam's cement wall like a bathtub, an ugly reminder of how full the reservoir once was.

Excerpt: Sadly, if widely accepted predictions for a drier Arizona hold true, the story of Williams may serve as a cautionary tale. Many rural Arizona towns will have to adapt to climate change as their water supplies become less and less reliable.

Williams is a town that is trying to adapt to its longstanding water shortage and could serve as a harbinger of how the Southwest's increasingly hotter and drier conditions begin to change the way we live.

Drying up

Excerpt: Water is expensive and is becoming increasingly scarce.

And as growing communities put more stress on the water resources of the American Southwest, costs here are only going up.

Excerpt: Geologist and Water Resources Coordinator Doyle Wilson has a goal to make Lake Havasu City as self-sufficient as possible, and two grant applications have been submitted that could bring the city money to take a meaningful step in that direction.

“We need to lay a good foundation to delay negative impacts to the citizenry,” Wilson said. “We need to avoid high-priced water.”

Excerpt: “It’s not a system that will hold the water forever,” Wilson said. “The idea behind the whole thing is to inject during the winter time and pull it back out during the summer. We won’t lose as much water if we pull it out seasonally.”

Kingman, Golden Valley use too much water

Excerpt: Water use in Kingman and Golden Valley is outstripping supply, according to hydrologists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Excerpt: Annual water demand in Golden Valley from the Sacramento Valley Basin exceeded yearly supplies by about 2,400 acre-feet, and annual water demands in Kingman from the Hualapai Basin exceeded yearly supplies by about 5,600 acre-feet, said a USGS report presented to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Monday.

Excerpt: The onus to resolving the county's water issue rests with the Board of Supervisors, said state Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, who attended Monday's meeting.

Excerpt: The board tasked County Supervisor Mike Hendrix to work with the U.S. Geological Survey to determine what that additional study would specifically require, and to present his findings to the board at a later date.

Lake Mead is shrinking

Excerpt: "This was all underwater," said Pat Mulroy, the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. "I mean boats were everywhere. There was a who

Excerpt: "It's a pretty critical point," Mulroy said. "The rate at which our weather patterns are changing is so dramatic that our ability to adapt to it is really crippled."

Excerpt: Despite its wasteful reputation, Las Vegas actually reuses 93 percent of its water. It's paid homeowners $200 million to rip up their thirsty lawns. The city added 400,000 people last decade but cut its water use by 33 percent.

Havasu water supply healthy in the face of looming shortages

Excerpt: Lake Havasu City’s bucket is looking safely wet in the scheme of looming water shortages that could affect communities along the Colorado River as soon as June 2016 if drought conditions continue to siphon water levels in Lake Mead.

Excerpt: The city’s Water Resources Coordinator Doyle Wilson told the Lake Havasu City Council Tuesday that drought conditions began in 1999, and have grown to proportions of a new name.

“It’s a mega-drought at this point in time because it’s lasted longer than 10 years,” Wilson said.

Excerpt: To date, the city has kept shortages at bay with turf reductions, irrigation upgrades, and educating the community through rebate-type water conservation programs.


Southern Nevada Water Authority
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is a cooperative agency formed in 1991 to address Southern Nevada's unique water needs on a regional basis. SNWA officials are charged with managing the region's water resources and providing for Las Vegas Valley residents' and businesses' present and future water needs.
Official Website of Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City, home of the historic London Bridge, is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River border of California and Arizona. The City was established in 1963 by Robert P. McCulloch as a self-sufficient, planned community.
Mohave County Water Authority
The catalyst which brought the Mohave County Water Authority (“MCWA”) together was the Department of the Interior’s notice to the City of Kingman that their 18,500 acre feet of 4th priority main stream water contract was going to expire due to lack of beneficial use. In order to keep this water within Mohave County, the entities worked together in creating legislation (A.R.S. § 45-2201) to take the assignment of the Kingman Colorado River contract in exchange for providing funds to Kingman to develop its groundwater resources. The MCWA was officially formed in 1995.
Managing Water in the West
Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River.
Innovative Conservation Program
Metropolitan’s Innovative Conservation Program (ICP) provides funding in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) for research that will document water savings and reliability of innovative water savings devices. The objective is to evaluate the water saving potential and reliability of innovative water saving devices, technologies, and strategies.