On January 22nd, the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (AZWIFA) approved a loan to the Town of Marana for $15 million for the design and construction of two advanced water treatment facilities. Upon closure of the loan documents, the Marana Council approved the design engineering services contract for Carollo Engineering. Carollo will be working with the Town throughout the duration of the project, which includes final design, construction oversight, treatment plant start up, and post-construction activities. A design kick-off meeting took place the week of January 22nd with Marana Water staff. Carollo is a national engineering firm that specializes in water and wastewater infrastructure projects. The team working with the Town is from the local Tucson office.
AZWIFA is a governmental organization dedicated to protecting public health and promoting environmental quality through financial assistance for water and wastewater infrastructure. AZWIFA offers funding for drinkign water, wastewater, and stormwater projects designed to ensure safe, reliable drinking water and proper wastewater treatment. Over the last 25 years, AZWIFA as invested over $2 billion in Arizona communities. For more information, visit the AZWIFA website here.
On December 12th, the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (AZWIFA) approved the offer of a $15 million loan to the Town of Marana to address the issue of unregulated compounds. The final loan agreement documents with AZWIFA will be brought to the Marana Town council most likely in January 2019 for final acceptance.
Marana Water has selected and is currently negotiating a contract with a design engineering firm to begin the process of design for the two advanced water treatment plants. Each water system (Picture Rocks and Airline/Lambert) will have a treatment plant designed and constructed to significantly reduce or remove the discovered unregulated compounds (PFAs and 1,4-Dioxane).
Town of Marana has joined City of Tucson in a lawsuit filed Nov 8 in Pima County Superior Court as part of their ongoing effort to protect the public from any potential adverse health effects that could be caused by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) that are present in portions of the groundwater supply.
Read the release.
Marana Town Manager Jamsheed Mehta wrote a letter to Town Council responding to questions about interim water consumption as the Town prepares to build two operational treatment plants for the Airline/Lambert and Picture Rocks water systems.
Read the letter.
Additionally, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality wrote a letter supporting Town of Marana’s efforts to address unregulated compounds in drinking water.
Town Council approved Resolution No. 2018-091 on Tuesday, September 25 authorizing the creation of the Picture Rocks water treatment campus capital project and the Airline/Lambert water treatment campus capital projects. The resolution also authorizes the transfer of up to two million dollars in budgeted expenditure authority, and authorizes the application for a clean water state revolving fund loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) to fund the construction.
Town Council Presentation Slides
Marana Resolution No. 2018-091
View the Sept 25 Council presentation video.
The Town of Marana Council made a unanimous decision on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 to pursue design and construction of a water treatment facility for each of the two impacted systems in Marana Water found to contain unregulated compounds. Additional information can be found at the links below.
August 15 Press Release
Town Council Presentation Slides
Video Recording of the August 14, 2018 Town Council Meeting