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The Flagstaff City Council Discussed Future Water And Waste Water Projects At Their Retreat Thursday

The Flagstaff City Council discussed drinking water and wastewater funds during their council retreat Thursday. These funds mainly derive from water bills and capacity fees, with drinking water funds also coming from loans and grants and wastewater funds also coming from general obligation bond requests and NORESCO, a company that performs energy audits on existing systems for energy efficient upgrades. The council discussed ongoing projects for drinking water, including the Rio de Flag flood control project which involves water energy efficient upgrades. The council also highlighted the Lake Mary water treatment plant and sediment basin rehab, and the Lake Mary Water treatment plant land acquisition which will cost $6.5-million and three-million dollars respectively. The latter project will attempt to purchase land from Flagstaff’s forest service, in addition to other property in the vicinity for future upgrades and expansions. Costs for these projects have escalated due to inflation, but they are essential as both involve aging infrastructures. The council also discussed phases four and five of the Switzer Canyon transmission project which involves the drilling of five new wells and the installation of five new well houses. This project is estimated to cost $5.8-million. The council also touched on the Fort Tuthill well number-two pump house which will cost $1.7-million. Regarding wastewater funds, the council discussed the Rio De Flag clarifier and mixers project which was identified in the Bio Solids master plan and will cost $2.2 million. The council also touched on the Wildcat Hill Wastewater Plant Digesters project which will cost $16 million and will address solid capacity needs. The Rio de Flag flow diversion project was also discussed. This project intends to take the flow that goes to the Wildcat treatment plant and divert it to the Rio de Flag plant as its sewers don’t currently take full advantage of their treatment capacity.

Culley Emborg