Payson Approves Pipeline Purchase


The Payson Town Council last week passed one more resolution to bring C.C. Cragin water to Payson, adding to a lengthy history of council resolutions nearly as long as the pipeline that will deliver the water.

The council agreed Feb. 7 to purchase Forest Service land near Mesa del Caballo for a water treatment plant.

The council had already authorized town staff to purchase the water treatment plant in October 2011, but the Forest Service recently requested the town approve an official resolution for the site’s purchase.

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans said this latest resolution was a formality.

When the pipeline is ultimately turned on, it will deliver 3,000 acre-feet of water annually to Payson, with another 500 acre-feet reserved for other Northern Gila County communities.

Payson is spending more than $33 million to build a pipeline that will carry water from Washington Park, where SRP’s pipeline from the Blue Ridge Reservoir ends, to a proposed $7 million water treatment plant near Mesa del Caballo.

As the water flows downhill from the Rim, it will generate 237 kilowatts of power, Evans said. A tiny turbine installed in the pipe will capture the power, supplying electricity to the treatment plant.

While the pipe could supply enough power to run the plant, power from APS may still be necessary, Evans said.

Public Works Director LaRon Garrett said it is difficult to predict if the turbines will generate extra power.

Water is scheduled to start flowing to town in 2014.


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