May 7, 2007
Phoenix Opens Sixth Water Treatment Plant
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Vice Mayor Dave Siebert, and Councilmember Claude Mattox celebrated the opening of the Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant at a brief ceremony today. The new plant will provide high quality, reliable drinking water to Phoenix customers for decades to come.
According to Mayor Gordon, “Phoenix has taken a leadership role in the water treatment industry by building the Lake Pleasant Plant, which features an array of advanced technologies to treat the water to meet or surpass a multitude of regulatory requirements.”
The new plant incorporates the most modern, multi-barrier treatment technology, which also will help control taste and odor.
“This new facility will ensure the future of Phoenix,” said Vice Mayor Dave Siebert. “Lake Pleasant also was architecturally designed to fit into the natural desert environment, which complement the residents in District 1.”
“One of the great benefits of this plant is the ability to provide an additional water source for all Phoenix customers,” said Phoenix City Councilmember Claude Mattox, who chairs the city’s Land Use and Environmental and Natural Resources Subcommittee. “Lake Pleasant can supplement the city’s other five water treatment plants and ensure that water keeps flowing to Phoenix taps.”
Initial capacity of the Lake Pleasant Plant is 80 mgd (million gallons per day) with the ability to expand to 320 mgd.
Extensive use of indigenous materials connects the natural and human environments at the Lake Pleasant Plant. Native plants were preserved during construction and replanted to help the water treatment plant blend into the surrounding environment.
The project required the coordination of more than a dozen government agencies, including the Arizona State Land Department, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Maricopa County. It also is the first water treatment plant where Phoenix partnered with American Water to design, construct and operate the facility.
| Ken Kroski