City Facility Wins Best in State

The city of Yuma, AZ (pop. 88,775) is proud to announce that the Desert Dunes Water Reclamation Facility located on Avenue 6E was recently selected as the Arizona Water & Pollution Control Association’s (AWPCA) ‘Wastewater Project of the Year’ for 2006.

ARTICLE | Jun 12, 2006

The city of Yuma, AZ (pop. 88,775) is proud to announce that the Desert Dunes Water Reclamation Facility located on Avenue 6E was recently selected as the Arizona Water & Pollution Control Association’s (AWPCA) ‘Wastewater Project of the Year’ for 2006.

Desert Dunes beat out several competitors from across Arizona.  A significant level of care went into designing the plant to be a "good neighbor".  It was built to shield the facility from view, building heights were minimized, robust odor control facilities and extensive noise control measures all combine to produce a place that virtually disappears.  The result is a fully automated, state-of-the-art treatment facility that exists in harmony with the surrounding community and safeguards our desert environment.

Water & Wastewater Manager Kathy Carroll says the project exemplifies partnership.  “Desert Dunes shines as an example of how massive engineering endeavors do not need to be in conflict with existing communities.  It sends an important message to residents that the ‘not in my backyard’ syndrome can be overcome if projects are designed to exist in harmony with surroundings while providing a valued contribution to the sustainability of the community.  In this case – water.”

Desert Dunes opened in May 2005 and operates at a treatment capacity of 3 million gallons per day (MGD) and can expand to four times the current service level.

For additional information contact Public Affairs Coordinator Troy Wilde at 928.580.3542.

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