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Phoenix Water awarded drought resiliency grant


PHOENIX – The City of Phoenix Water Department has been awarded $300,000 in Federal funds for an innovative proposal aimed to proactively store water and build the city’s long-term drought resiliency. Phoenix was the only city in Arizona to receive a grant, and its proposal is among the highest ranked. The proposal is now being considered for award of a financial assistance agreement.

The funding, provided by the U.S Bureau of Reclamation, will be used for a new well that will directly inject city water supplies into the local aquifer for long term storage. During times of drought, the well can be switched to recover and pump water supplies that were previously stored.

“The ASR well will recharge approximately 2,400 gallons per minute into the aquifer, or 3.4 million gallons per day,” said the city’s hydrologist, Gary Gin. “Once this project is completed in July 2017, the city will be able to store multiple water sources within this well.”

“As a desert city, Phoenix knows the value of water and its importance for our future,” said the city’s Water Director, Kathryn Sorensen. “This project provides additional resiliency for times of drought and surface water shortage.”

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART: Drought Resiliency Project Grants Program announced the selection on Aug. 12 for 23 projects to receive grants totaling $5.2 million. The grants focus on proactive drought planning and other efforts to build long-term drought resiliency in nine states in the West.

For more about the Reclamation’s Drought Response Program, visit