Reclaiming Wastewater in Phoenix, Arizona

by William L. Chase, Jr., City Manager's Office, Phoenix, AZ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Steel Structures


This paper examines the role of wastewater effluent reuse in the future water resource management of the City of Phoenix. The paper seeks to explain why a proposal to renovate effluent through rapid infiltration land treatment and to recycle that renovated water for agricultural irrigation has still not been implemented 20 years after the first serious studies of this project were initiated by the Salt River Project and the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Water Conservation Laboratory in Phoenix. While answering the technical questions concerning the safety of using renovated wastewater effluent for unrestricted agricultural irrigation accounted for a little of over half of that time, the primary problems since 1982 have been economic, legal and institutional.

Subject Headings: Water reclamation | Water treatment | Wastewater management | Water resources | Soil treatment | Effluents | Irrigation water | Renovation | Arizona | United States | Phoenix

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