Augmenting Water Supply in the Phoenix Area Through Recharge of Surplus Central Arizona Project Water Into the Agua Fria Riverbed

by Frank G. Postillion, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, United States,
Paul J. Fensterer, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, United States,
Stephen L. Bontrager, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, United States,
William L. Chase, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Artificial Recharge of Ground Water


This paper describes the efforts of several months activities in the initial stages of developing a 30,000 feet Demonstration Recharge Facility for surplus Colorado River water on the Aqua Fria River in the West Salt River Basin. A final site was determined by comparing a number of technical criteria for the two most promising areas. Criteria included infiltration rates, mounding potential, storage capacity, perched water, ground water quality, land use, land ownership, available turnout structures, flood problems, and environmental factors (i.e., wildlife, archaeology). Numerous permits are required for a project of this magnitude. The final design will consist of a series of T-levees over two miles of 1,500 foot wide river channel as well as flow measurement structures. During the construction phase several monitor wells will be drilled to supplement an existing monitoring system.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | Water supply | Salt water | Project management | Rivers and streams | Infiltration | Water storage | Water quality | Arizona | United States | Phoenix | Colorado River

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