Drilling taking place on the northwest corner of Osborn and 92nd Street.

Community Developing New Water-Production Facility

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

If you have passed by 92nd Street and Osborn Road, you most likely have noticed a tall structure near the northwest corner with a tall fence around it. This is the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s new water-production facility capital improvement project. The project will consist of two water wells, a water-storage reservoir, a pump station and distribution lines. It is located on tribally owned land.

The SRPMIC Public Works Department has hired Carollo Engineers as a consultant to design the facility. Carollo is a Phoenix-based environmental engineering firm specializing in planning, design and construction management for water and wastewater facilities. As part of the design process, a pilot well is currently being drilled to determine the water quality under the site and see if any type of water treatment will be needed.

Weber Water Resources/Beeman Drilling is the company that is drilling the pilot well, which will be completed by the end of September.

In January 2012, two domestic water sources, the Site 6 well and Site 4 pump stations, were both shut down permanently. Because of the loss of these water sources and the growth in the Community’s commercial development, the SRPMIC water system must be upgraded and expanded. The new facility will ensure a reliable supply of water for current conditions and future growth.

The new water-production facility will be built on the southwest corner of 92nd Street and Osborn Road, opposite of the current drilling area. This site was identified in the approved Community Water Master Plan. The distribution lines coming from the new facility will tie into the existing distribution system and span from Indian School Road to McKellips Road on 92nd Street and from the facility to Longmore Road along Osborn Road. Water distribution will start in spring 2015.

For more information about the project, contact the Public Works Department at (480) 362-5600.

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