OPERATIONS 

Water 

  • Progress is being made in stabilizing water pressure in various portions of the JU service territory. These improvements are being accomplished through installation of Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) motor controllers, installation of air relief valves, and valve sweeps to verify proper valve positioning. Pressure loggers are continually deployed to gather real time data to allow further adjustments to system operations. 
  • Construction is underway for the installation of a pressure-reducing valve ( PRV) from the Magma and Ricky well sites to the Oasis portion of the system. This will address water pressure and quality issues in Oasis. 
  • Work has begun on repairing the chlorine sheds that had significant operational and safety issues. 70% of the chlorine shed upgrades have been completed. 
  • An analysis of all electrical panels has been completed by a contractor and is now being used to solicit bids for a repair program. Temporary electrical panels have been received. These will allow for repair and/or replacement of the permanent electrical panels systematically without any service interruption. 
  • Electrical panel repairs have been completed at Magma life station and are underway at Main Yard lift station. 
  • Updated blending plans to address water quality concerns have been submitted to ADEQ for review and approval. 
  • The temporary Reverse Osmosis (R.O). treatment unit remains in operation at the Johnson Ranch 4 well. The second R.O. treatment unit has been staged at the Morning Sun Farms plant to provide a treatment option for those sources should water demands create the need. An easement will be required for this R.O. system and discussions are ongoing with Beazer Homes and the Morning Sun Farms HOA. 
  • Work has begun on installation of the Ion Exchange treatment system at the Main Yard water plant to treat Johnson Ranch Wells 3, 4&5 as well as Morning Sun Farms water treatment plant. 
  • EPCOR is working on an access agreement with the San Tan Heights HOA to equip and reintroduce the San Tan 1 well into the system. This has the potential to bring up to an additional 800 gpm of good quality water to the system. 
  • San Tan 1 well will be pump tested on January 21”. 
  • We have implemented use of door hangers to improve customer service. 

Wastewater 

  • The ongoing threat of SSO at the main yard lift station remains. This station is being hydraulically overloaded with flow from the R.O. treatment system. Additionally, this station has historically been hydraulically overloaded during high flow periods of the year. A temporary bypass was installed between the Copper Basin 2 and Copper Basin 1 lift station which has removed flow from the main yard lift station permanently. This bypass is working well and design has begun on making this connection permanent. 
  • The temporary bypass for the force main from the main yard lift station to the Section 11 plant has been operational for a month and construction of the permanent force main relocation will be placed in service January 12”’. 
  • Sludge continues to be removed from the Section 11 WWTP aeration basin 2 to allow for installation of the replacement liner that ADEQ is requiring. Sludge removal was scheduled to be completed in early December however, rain has delayed this timeline. Completion of sludge removal is expected to be completed by January 31”. 
  • Pump curves for all the lift stations are being evaluated to determine if the proper pumps are installed and identify any necessary replacements as well as properly sizing the missing pumps out of these stations. 
  • Generators have been repaired or are being replaced at all lift stations. 
  • Capital plans are being devised for improvements to the four wastewater treatment plants based on the Engineering study completed by WaterWorks Engineering. 
  • Efforts are underway to divert flow away from Section 11 WWTP to reduce the load on that plant. In addition, optimization of the treatment process is being explored for the short term, while the longterm plan is to build a new mechanical treatment facility and decommission the existing Section 11 plant. 
  • EPCOR will be working with ADEQ on language for a consent agreement on how to proceed with Section 11. 

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