Scottsdale water engineers are looking for a downtown site to put a planned $5 million water booster station they say is needed to ensure water flows to the area.
“We felt we needed to have additional capacity and additional boosting” in the downtown, said Dave Mansfield, general manager of the city’s water resources department.
The demand for water is on the rise and it is expected to continue rising as the downtown grows. Thousands of people are expected to move into new high-rise luxury condominiums that are currently under construction.
Mansfield said no one single construction project or particular cluster of construction projects is driving the need to build another booster station.
One of the projects is the soon to be completed Camelview Village, a high-rise luxury complex of approximately 700 condos ranging in size from 800 square feet to 5,000 square feet.
“We’re very conscious of the water issue,” said Camelview Village spokeswoman Jennifer Ziegler.
Ziegler said the condo complex, as part of its self-sustaining and energy efficient designs, is installing a water purification system to serve the entire complex.
Because of that purification system, the condo complex will consume less water than if each resident subscribed on their own for water service, she said.
The estimated or projected volumes of water the complex will consume was not readily available.
Mansfield said the city currently has 59 water boosting stations throughout the water system. The new station planned for a yet-to-be determined location in the downtown area would be the fourth largest boosting station in the system, Mansfield said.
The nearest boosting station that serves the downtown area is 1.5 miles away and is along Thomas Road.
The new single-story 5,000-square-foot station will be able to pump 12.2 million gallons of water per day, Mansfield said.
Mansfield said the water system can accommodate current demands for water service. He said despite the growth, downtown residents and businesses are not at risk of experiencing diminished water service if the new station is not built soon.
“As the area develops further, we’d feel more comfortable” putting in a new station, he went on to say, adding: “We’ve got the time to do it.”
Mansfield said there is no specific time frame when service could decline as a result of growth.
“We don’t see anything in the future that would diminish the level of service,” he said.
Mansfield said the new booster station was planned as part of the overall downtown revitalization plans.
Because the main water line runs beneath Indian School Road, the new station will be located someplace near that line, he said.
Mansfield estimated it will take six months to design the station and 18 months to build it.