The city of Goodyear was faced with a dilemma. By the year 2020 or 2021, the city’s local aquifer would reach its limit, meaning the city would no longer have access to a drinking water source. The Salt River Project entered the picture and helped solve the problem.
In only seven months, the city of Goodyear and the Salt River Project accomplished a 100-year partnership to pump 15,500 gal per minute of Colorado River water to a location 5 miles east of the city, ensuring the city has long-term water supplies and meeting the state of Arizona’s 100-year assured water supply requirements. In addition, this saves the city more than $200 million, as it no longer needs to construct a lengthy water pipeline to the Central Arizona Project Canal location, which is far from the city.
“The City of Goodyear and Salt River Project could not be more proud of this incredible partnership,” said Christa McJunkin, director, water rights & contracts, for the Salt River Project. “This opportunity is not only great for the city of Goodyear and Salt River Project, but the entire West Valley of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area whereby this project is a gateway for needed water deliveries for the West Valley."
“This partnership is not only a win-win for the current partners, but future partners that will be able to utilize this project for water deliveries well into the distant future in meeting the Arizona’s 100-year assured water supply requirements,” McJunkin said.
While still underway, the project involves multiple steps. First, the city of Goodyear will need to construct an interconnected facility with the Salt River Project surface water canal system. It also will need to build a 5-mile water transmission pipeline, as well as a surface water treatment facility and water campus.
The new treatment facility will be located next to the city’s main water reclamation facility, meaning Arizona will institute direct potable reuse of reclaimed water within 10 years. Finally, directing more water into the Salt River Project system will help keep costs down for water deliveries.
The partnership was a key component of this project. According to Mark Holmes, water resources manager for the City of Goodyear, the short water transmission line and surface water treatment plant will be completed by December 2021.