Three projects with inter-related features that increase water use efficiency and conservation and include water banking and marking.
1. Beardsley Water Reclamation Facility Recharge: The construction of one or more additional recharge basins at the City’s Beardsley Underground Storage Facility, to bank reclaimed water from the City-owned Beardsley Water Reclamation Facility underground more reliably by reducing evaporation losses and to earn storage credits used for exchanges. Two of the existing 10 basins have been under-performing for over 3 years, which has made operations at this zero-discharge facility extremely difficult. The City has invested extensive time and money into investigating the cause and developing solutions to cure these operational issues. The City is embarking on rehabilitation at this writing. These operational improvements are expected to be complete later this year. The new basins requested in the proposal will substantially increase efficiency, give much needed reliable recharge capacity and allow for accommodation of increased flows.
2. Peoria Sports Complex: The conversion of a well system at the Peoria Sports Complex (the City’s Spring Training facility for the Mariners and Padres) from potable to non-potable water, as an interim step until the City’s reclaimed water pipeline can be extended to the Peoria Sports Complex.
3. Butler Reclaimed Water Groundwater Savings Facility: The City is currently losing Long-Term Storage Credits at the rate of 5,000 acre-feet per year due to the need to exchange these credits for storage space in the New River-Agua Fria Underground Storage Project because of diminished operational capacity at that recharge facility since November 2008. The Butler Reclaimed Water Groundwater Savings Facility will allow the City to obtain full ownership of its Long-Term Storage Credits while providing wet water to the Roosevelt Irrigation District for agricultural use, in lieu of their pumping groundwater.
Construction of a pipeline, water measuring and control devices will allow water from the Butler Water Reclamation Facility to flow to the Roosevelt Irrigation District Groundwater Savings Facility where it can be directly used for agriculture while accruing storage credits used for exchanges. This system will be designed to pressurize the reclaimed water pipeline so that the City’s newest park, Community Park II, can be served with reclaimed water when it is constructed over the next 2-3 years. The tee from the 30” reclaimed water line for the 8” pipe connection is included in this project.