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$8M water recharge facility to be built in Goodyear

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Liberty Utilities and the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District recently announced a partnership to build a new $8 million reclaimed water recharge facility in Goodyear.

Liberty officials said they expect the facility to be built in the third quarter of 2015.

The facility will be built at Camelback Road and Bullard Avenue.

Because the new facility is a joint private and public sector effort, the funding will be supplied through private dollars and public taxes.

CAGRD is the groundwater replenishment authority of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, which will supply $6 million of the overall cost with taxpayer money.

The joint public/private effort is aimed at minimizing the impact rates to customers, according to a press release.

You’ve got business and government coming together, in this case to kind of co-develop a recharge project, and that’s the first time that’s been done in the state of Arizona to our knowledge,” said Greg Sorensen, president of Liberty Utilities.

The reclaimed water will be pumped back into the ground to replenish aquifers. The supply of reclaimed water will be piped from Liberty Utilities’ Palm Valley Water Reclamation Plant, which treats roughly 3.5 million gallons of reclaimed water per day, sold for irrigation for parks and golf courses.

Using reclaimed water for non-drinking purposes helps preserve water drinking supplies for the future, according to a press release.

The agreement between the two partners is a 100-year agreement.

So we’re going to be doing this for the long term with CAWCD. So they’ll have a 100-year supply of at least 2,400 acre-feet of water to put back into the ground,” Sorensen said.

The new facility will help replenish an existing aquifer.

This program provides the CAGRD with a 100-year renewable water supply, which is required in Arizona, known for having one of the toughest groundwater management laws in the country,” Pam Pickard, Central Arizona Project board president, said in a press release.

Charity Yodis can be reached by email at cyodis@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @ckyodis.

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