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1/21/2013 9:58:00 AM
Prescott Valley progressing on aquifer recharge project
Francisco Virgen works at fusing two sections of pipe at the recharge pond project near Fain Road in Prescott Valley. When the project is complete, a total of 18 basins will recharge treated sewage into the aquifer.
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg
Francisco Virgen works at fusing two sections of pipe at the recharge pond project near Fain Road in Prescott Valley. When the project is complete, a total of 18 basins will recharge treated sewage into the aquifer.
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg

Ken Hedler
Special to the Tribune


The first phase of a recharge project to replenish the aquifer with effluent (treated sewage) is due for completion March 15, Prescott Valley Utilities Director Neil Wadsworth told the Town Council Thursday.

The project began with building the recharge basin lagoons near the sewer plant off Valley Road west of Fain Road, he said. Fencing and hydro-seeding will take place before the recharge basin site is operational.

"It is leak-free and you don't have to worry about freezing," Wadsworth said. He added that the pipe is buried four-feet deep.

Wadsworth conducted a Powerpoint presentation that included photos of the pipes and monitoring wells.

Vice Mayor Don Tjiema quipped, "I was wondering if we can recoup the costs during the wintertime by renting them (basins) out as hockey rinks."

Town officials budgeted $2.3 million for the project for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which started this past July 1. The council accepted a bid of about $874,000 from Capital Improvements LLC to build the recharge basins. It amounts to the first of three phases of 18 lagoons on nearly 141 acres of state trust land.

The council discussed the project during a work/study meeting Thursday.

The council also listened to an update from Community Development Director Richard Parker on single-family home and commercial permits. Parker displayed charts that showed permits for single-family homes peaked at 181 during the 2007-08 fiscal year, dropped to 27 in 2010-11 and are projected to reach 204 in the current fiscal year.

Permits for commercial projects peaked at 39 in 2007-08, fell to 11 in 2010-11 and climbed back to 17 in 2011-12.

Home building is slowing down during the winter, Parker said. On the commercial front, he said he has had talks with representatives from Walmart, but they have not picked up a building permit for the long-awaited supercenter at Glassford Hill Road and Lakeshore Drive.

Responding to a question from Tjiema, Parker said his smaller staff is holding out with building activity picking up.

Parker also told the council that developers are proposing smaller subdivisions because of difficulty obtaining financing.

The council also heard a presentation on the emergency operations center from Police Cmdr. James Edelstein, Sgt. Scott Stebbins and Denny Foulk, Yavapai County's emergency management coordinator. They talked about training sessions and simulation exercises.

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• Council OKs contract for 2nd effluent recharge site
• Council mulls agreement on second recharge basin


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