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Crews broke ground on July 6 for the new facility.
Work on Water System Improvement Project Begins
By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member and business owner David Dallas of MayDall Construction and Sherrie Logg of the SRPMIC Public Works Department recently discussed the new pump station and reservoir project. The project is currently in the beginning stages of construction and excavating for the 2.5 million gallon reservoir. MayDall Construction was contracted by Public Works for this project and teamed with MGC Contractors who specialize in building water treatment facilities throughout Arizona and Texas.

“We started breaking ground July 6,” said Dallas. There are three sites currently involved in the construction including 92nd Street and Osborn, the Casino Arizona Talking Stick water facility and the Salt River Landfill well site. The project has an 18-month timeframe, ending in early 2017.

The Osborn Water Production Facility will include two (2) new wells, a 2.5-million-gallon partially buried pre-stressed concrete water storage tank, a maintenance building, a disinfection/electrical building, booster pump station, an arsenic treatment system, and an adobe perimeter wall surrounding and securing the site. The adobe material will be supplied by one of SRMG’s preferred vendors, Old Pueblo Adobe, located on our community.

Water is vital to Community residents, government and enterprises. The reason for the project is to provide additional water supply and to increase system reliability due to the increasing demand in the commercial corridor and due to the loss of two water sources that were recently taken offline in the Community. In fact, in 2012, the Site 6 well site was experiencing water quality issues and nearing the end of its useful life and had to be shut down. Community enterprises such as Casino Arizona will also experience enhanced water flow as a result of the project. This will ensure a reliable water source for Casino Arizona for many years to come.

The project is a part of the Community Water Master Plan. This site currently under construction will be the largest site in the Salt River area and provide most of the water for the Community south of the Arizona Canal

Contractors are adding larger water mains which will in turn provide better pressure and capacity to the residences farther east, such as the Canalside Homes.

Traffic on McDowell and 92nd Street will be affected for a short period, but for the most part the waterline is off the road way. There will be street restrictions during offsite piping construction on 92nd Street from McKellips Road to Oak Street, on 92nd Street from Thomas to Indian School Road, and on Osborn from the Osborn Facility to Longmore Road.

“We have been working with the Community members and will try to be the least disruptive as possible,” said Dallas.

“We have six other Community member–owned businesses and one other Native American business that are working on the project with us. I don’t think there has ever been that many on one project since Salt River Fields was built, so it’s special to us,” said Dallas. This was achieved by a combined effort of the Community owned businesses, MayDall Construction, MGC Contractors and Public Works. SRPMIC Purchasing Department gave us their full support which helped make this possible. (See sidebar for list.)

“This is a leap in the right direction as far as what our Procurement policy was created for. I believe that giving all of our Community members opportunity is what our leaders intended when they created it, said Dallas. “I think that the Community members involved will be proud to service their community and our community should be proud of all of them for their hard work, professionalism and dedication to our community.” Thirty-percent of the project value is being done by Community member businesses and other Native Americans.

The project will be close to $30 million when it is complete. Approximately five hundred feet a day of trenches will be open, and the wells will be as deep as 600 to 1,000 feet. Arsenic levels were checked during the design phase; arsenic is a semi-metal element that can be found in water and comes from natural deposits in the earth. It may pose health affects if water with high arsenic levels are consumed long term.

Logg noted the levels are a little higher than usual the farther north you go into the Community and require arsenic treatment systems. The small project at Osborn and 92nd Street last year was a pilot well to test water quality levels, namely arsenic, just to get an idea ahead of time. This hazard has been carefully planned for and by installing a proper arsenic treatment system, our water will meet all applicable Community and Federal requirements and standards.

For more information, contact Public Works Project Manager Debra Hassinan at (480) 362-2675.

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