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Phoenix seeks to improve wastewater plant

Posted by   /  July 1, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter The Phoenix City Council is slated to vote today on a $5.4 million engineering contract as part of construction and operational improvements at the city’s 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant. City staff is recommending the contract go to Arcadis U.S. Inc.  There were five engineering firms bidding […]

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Tempe-based firm wins contract for Peoria water plant design

Posted by   /  July 1, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Peoria Independent As growth and development has continued in north Peoria, the need for more water infrastructure has also increased. The Peoria City Council recently approved a contract in the amount of $3.4 million for Tempe-based Wilson Engineers to design an expansion to the Jomax Water Reclamation Facility, near Jomax Road and 123rd Avenue. The […]

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Sunday Feature: San Pedro River, squeezed by growing population, is subject of two lawsuits

Posted by   /  June 28, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

“One of the biggest threats to it (the river) is groundwater pumping”  The San Pedro River is at the center of two lawsuits filed by Arizona environmental groups in the hopes of better regulating groundwater pumping and livestock grazing./Photo of courtesy Sandy Bahr/ The Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter By Madison Staten | Cronkite News […]

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Johnson Utilities directed to begin Pecan Water Reclamation Plant expansion

Posted by   /  June 24, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Independent Newsmedia | Queen Creek Independent Johnson Utilities LLC is to begin work on the Pecan Water Reclamation Facility phase 4 expansion and influent pump station and headworks replacement projects, the Arizona Corporation Commission has decided. Pecan Water Reclamation Plant phase 4 is to cost approximately $18 million and will expand the capacity at the […]

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State leaders discuss major water challenges

Posted by   /  June 23, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa | Casa Grande Dispatch CASA GRANDE — Finding a solution to Arizona’s water problems is going to take input from everyone, according to panelists at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center’s annual conference. That includes state, federal and local governments, the public, environmental organizations, agriculture and business and may require […]

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Engineering ‘marvel’ Central Arizona Project: A 35-year-old economic powerhouse

Posted by   /  June 12, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

Central Arizona Project water from the Colorado River flows next to a cantaloupe field near the Pinal County community of Maricopa. / Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star 2018 By Victoria Harker | Chamber Business News Arizona’s engineering masterpiece, the Central Arizona Project (CAP), is celebrating 35 years of delivering Colorado River water to the […]

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Study says Phoenix reservoirs are resilient to warming

Posted by   /  June 8, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Ian James | The Republic Scientists have found that climate change is playing a big role in shrinking the flow of the Colorado River, but recent research suggests Arizona’s reservoirs on the Salt and Verde rivers could fare better as temperatures continue to rise.  The findings back the assurances of water managers at Salt River Project that […]

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Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics

Posted by   /  May 29, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

By Ellie Borst/Cronkite News Federal regulators have given a Phoenix company the green light to study a hydropower project for the Little Colorado River, what opponents fear is a first step toward “destroying incredibly rare, beautiful, sacred resources.”The OK last week from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission came despite a slew of concerns about the project’s […]

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Pinal groundwater panel says state ‘steamrolling’ management plan

Posted by   /  May 28, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

A map shows the different Active Management Areas in Arizona. The Pinal AMA, sandwiched between Phoenix and Tucson AMAs, is one of the three largest./ Arizona Department of Water Resources By Suzanne Adams-Okrassa | PinalCentral The Groundwater Users Advisory Council for the Pinal Active Management Area is accusing the Arizona Department of Water Resources of […]

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Here’s how less than 10% of farmland could solve the Colorado River’s water deficit

Posted by   /  May 12, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Lake Mead formed by Hoover Dam/Cronkite News By Bruce Babbitt, opinion contributor/Arizona Republic Opinion: A voluntary program could eliminate the million acre-foot overdraft on the Colorado River while still maintaining the dominant role of agriculture./(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only. It is no exaggeration to say that a mega-drought not seen in […]

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