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AUTHORIZATION TO APPROVE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PARTIAL OWNERSHIP OF NEW RIVER-AGUA FRIA UNDERGROUND STORAGE PROJECT
Presented by: Craig Johnson, P.E., Director, Water Services
Purpose and Recommended Action
This is a request for City Council to approve expenditure authority by the City Manager for the cost associated with partial ownership in the New River-Agua Fria Underground Storage Project in an amount not to exceed $192,000 for Fiscal Year 2019-20.
The New River-Agua Fria Underground Storage Project (NAUSP) is a regionally owned water storage facility administered and operated by the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association (SRP). The facility is jointly owned by SRP and the cities of Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, and Chandler. It is located in the area west of the Loop 101 and Cardinal Way.
The City sends effluent from the West Area Reclamation Facility and SRP monthly storage and recovery water to this facility for underground storage. Glendale is entitled to store 20% of the annual total available storage capacity. This is approximately 6,000 acre-feet per year.
The City has entered into a long-term inter-governmental agreement to store water for future use. The annual operating budget is proposed by the operating agent, SRP, and approved by the NAUSP Committee. Glendale’s share of the costs are based on several criteria and the participant’s storage entitlement and usage percentages.
Previous Related Council Action
On May 27, 2008, Council approved Resolution No. 4158 authorizing amendment to IGA C-5118 to reflect the change of ownership between the City of Peoria and SRP, and to update paid administrative and operational fees language.
On July 27, 2004, Council approved Resolution No. 3780 authorizing the City to enter into the New River-Agua Fria Underground Storage Project Intergovernmental Agreement.
Community Benefit/Public Involvement
The City benefits from having annual water storage capacity to ensure a reliable and adequate water supply for the future.
Fiscal Year Amount Requested:
Transfer Required? Y/N:
If Yes, what account will be used?:
Budget and Financial Impacts:
Funding is available in the FY2019-20 Water Services Department operating budget contingent upon Council approval of the budget.
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