Pipeline To Link Goodyear To Its Water

By Bret Jaspers
Published: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:03am
Updated: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:14am
City of Goodyear
Georgia Lord

The city of Goodyear is breaking ground on a new water pipeline to get access to surface water.

The city is entitled to 10,742 acre feet a year of Colorado River water and leases 7,000 acre feet a year from the Gila River Indian Community.

An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons, enough to supply a family of four for a year.

But at the moment, Goodyear can’t get all those acre-feet because it doesn't have a way to pipe the water to its treatment plant. The city currently uses only groundwater.

Goodyear starts building that much-needed pipeline on Friday. Upon completion in 2021, the city says it’ll get 8 million gallons of surface water daily. And that, the mayor says, will allow for more development.

The pipeline, along with a new surface water treatment plant, will cost $129 million.