Scottsdale’s water principles could affect projects

By J. Graber | Scottsdale Progress

Scottsdale City Council strengthened its commitment to water sustainability last week by adopting a set of water-management principles.

“These principles are a set of nine compiled from existing Scottsdale Water’s policies and practices with the intent of providing a transparent framework for sustainable water solutions for Scottsdale … They span the width and breath of what we do in Scottsdale Water,” said Scottsdale Water Executive Director Brian Biesemeyer.

The principles are 1. Water Quality 2. Water Conservation 3. Water Resource Planning 4. Water and Land Use Management 5. Water Recycle and Reuse 6. Water Recharge and Recovery 7. Infrastructure 8. Financial Planning 9. Climate Change and Drought.

The most significant may be number four, which states the City will develop policies that require any General Plan amendment or rezoning request that shows a water use above 100,000 gallons per day (excluding fire flow) to report certain information in a water demand exhibit.

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