EPCOR has announced it has officially kicked off construction of the new Copper Basin Water Reclamation Facility.
Located in San Tan Valley, Copper Basin will replace the existing Section 11 lagoon-style plant that was constructed more than 20 years ago, according to a release.
"In doing so, EPCOR will also return more than 1 billion gallons of safe, clean water annually to the natural water cycle through aquifer recharge," the release stated.
The new facility will be operational by December 2023. Decommissioning of the Section 11 lagoons is slated for completion by 2025.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to see construction begin on this critical wastewater treatment facility,” EPCOR USA President Joe Gysel said. "We take our responsibility to the communities EPCOR serves very seriously.
"It is our goal to return more than 90% of the wastewater we collect and treat to the natural water cycle.”
EPCOR calls Copper Basin "a pivotal piece of water infrastructure" in one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions."
The new facility’s treatment process will be fully enclosed and "designed to integrate seamlessly into the community," the release stated.
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved the project in April.
Said Supervisor Mike Goodman: “Pinal County is one of the most attractive regions in the country, with impressive residential, commercial and high-tech industrial growth.
"This new facility will not only support the region’s future, it will ensure that we are returning every drop of water possible to the aquifer and that people who call the San Tan Valley home today will be ensured safe and reliable service.”