Managing Water Resources
The Water Resources division purpose is to ensure a sustainable water supply for Peoria residents and businesses, now and in the future. Due to the regulatory need to reduce groundwater mining, Peoria has converted to renewable water resources for the majority of its water supply. The primary sources of renewable water are Central Arizona Project (CAP) water, Salt River Project (SRP) water, and reclaimed water. This division is responsible for coordinating and acquiring water rights, planning for the cost-effective acquisition and/or development of additional supplies, obtaining and maintaining the city's Designation of Assured Water Supply, and maintaining regulatory compliance with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) www.azwater.gov water management rules.
In November 2007, the City Council adopted the "Principles of Sound Water Management" a compendium of 17 policies that cover topics ranging from regulatory compliance to water conservation to land use water management to drought planning. The "Principles" act as an over-arching policy guide for the city's water future, and are unique among Arizona municipal providers.
Key Peoria Water Resource Principles
(1) the pursuit of water reclamation, both direct reuse and recharge, to conserve drinking water supplies
(2) recharge groundwater with unused renewable water supplies and implement strategies to recover those renewable water supplies when needed.
The city's Water Quality Reports and ADWR Annual Withdrawal and Recharge Reports can be viewed and downloaded HERE.
Utilities Water Resource Contact Numbers
Water Policy Administrator
Administrative Assistant II