Apache Junction breaks ground on new water treatment plant site

Shoveling dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony are, from left, Apache Junction Water District Superintendent Mike Loggins, Apache Junction Assistant City Manager Bryant Powell, AJWD Director Frank Blanco, former Vice Mayor Rick Dietz, Councilwoman Gail Evans, Vice Mayor Robin Barker, Mayor John Insalaco, and councilmen Dave Waldron, Jeff Serdy and Chip Wilson.(Courtesy of city of Apache Junction)

Shoveling dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony are, from left, Apache Junction Water District Superintendent Mike Loggins, Apache Junction Assistant City Manager Bryant Powell, AJWD Director Frank Blanco, former Vice Mayor Rick Dietz, Councilwoman Gail Evans, Vice Mayor Robin Barker, Mayor John Insalaco, and councilmen Dave Waldron, Jeff Serdy and Chip Wilson.(Courtesy of city of Apache Junction)

The Apache Junction Water District began construction on the Central Arizona Project Water Treatment Plant with a groundbreaking ceremony June 3 at the plant site on Ironwood Drive just south of Baseline Road.

The $9 million project is being funded through the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona; it is expected to begin operating in summer of next year, according to a press release.
Garney Construction is the builder.

“Today is a very important day. It marks the culmination of many years of hard work and planning to make this project a reality,” Apache Junction Assistant City Manager Bryant Powell said in the release.

Working with Carollo Engineers, plans for the treatment plant began in August.

“This project has been a longtime coming,” Apache Junction Mayor John Insalaco said. “And with a company like Carollo, we know it will be well-designed.”

“We are excited that next summer the dirt we are standing on will house a water treatment facility that will supply water for our residents, businesses and visitors,” Mr. Powell said.

While the treatment plant is master-planned to serve future generations and is designed to be expandable with growth, the first phase will enable AJWD to become self-reliant.

The treatment plant will allow AJWD to deliver CAP water, a source of renewable water supply, to current customers.

The site is unique for several reasons:

•It is in close proximity to the Water Reclamation Plant and a pipeline corridor has been identified for future integration of reclaimed water.

•The treatment plant is immediately adjacent to the CAP canal that runs through Apache Junction.

As a result, AJWD has the opportunity to build adjacent to the canal without extensive piping.

“This project would not be possible without the support and foresight of the Apache Junction Water District Board of Directors,” AJWD Director Frank Blanco said. “I also appreciate the partnership with the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona for helping to fund the project and, of course, the dedication and commitment of the AJWD staff.”

WIFA offers funding for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects designed to ensure safe, reliable drinking water and proper wastewater treatment. Green projects, or projects for sustainable construction efforts such as water efficiency, energy efficiency, green stormwater infrastructure or other environmentally innovative activities, are encouraged.

WIFA also offers funding for projects like nonpoint source pollution control, watershed protection and restoration and traditional stormwater management.

Since its inception in 1992, WIFA has invested more than $2 billion in Arizona’s communities.

For more information, call Andria Samuels with the Apache Junction Water District at 480-474-2620 or e-mail her at asamuels@ajcity.net.

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