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Tempe Plans to Reopen Water Reclamation Facility to Overcome Drought

Treated water will be used for cooling, groundwater, and irrigation in the local community.

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(TEMPE, AZ - October 6, 2022) - With the anticipation of a hotter and drier future with less water, Tempe is planning to reopen the Kyrene Water Reclamation Facility by 2025 to improve Tempe’s drought resilience.

Reopening the Kyrene facility directly helps Tempe manage its water supply. The facility allows the city to locally treat and use reclaimed water to bolster its water portfolio and increase groundwater storage.

Last week, U.S. Representative Greg Stanton joined Mayor Corey Woods, Councilmembers Arlene Chin and Berdetta Hodge, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael Connor to announce the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) designation for the Kyrene Reclamation Facility.

This facility, with Hazen and Sawyer as design engineer, can treat an annual average flow of about four million gallons per day. Water treated at Kyrene will be used at SRP’s Kyrene Generating Station as cooling water for industrial equipment, stored as groundwater for future use and can be used for irrigation water at the Ken McDonald Golf Course.

For a video about the project, please visit the City of Tempe YouTube.

For more information on Tempe Water, please visit their website.

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