Payson Strikes Golf Course Water Deal

Chaparral Pines Golf Club

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Chaparral Pines Golf Club


Payson has struck a deal with two area golf courses that will not only help pay for construction of an ancillary C.C. Cragin water line, but that could also help recharge the area’s groundwater supply.

The move to sell town water to water golf courses also marks the shift of an era in which Payson was known as the town with the toughest water conservation rules in the state.

When C.C. Cragin Reservoir water finally makes its way to Payson from above the Mogollon Rim in 2014 or 2015, the town will receive 3,000 acre-feet annually, far beyond its current water needs of about 1,800 acre-feet annually.

So the the town has agreed to sell 200 acre-feet of untreated water to a facilities management company that will in turn use it to water the grass at the Chaparral Pines and The Rim Club golf courses. The pipeline will also eventually serve the Rim Country Educational Alliance, providing water for the landscaping and athletic fields for a proposed university campus.

Like the drinking water for the town, the water will make its way off the Rim to Washington Park, but bypass a treatment facility near Mesa del Caballo and head southeast toward Tyler Parkway.

The facilities management group has agreed to pay Payson $100,000 upon the completion and dedication of the pipeline to the town and the town has agreed to supply water to the golf courses for 50 years with the option of extending the contract another 45 years.

Once the pipeline is built, the golf courses will pay the town $2.06 per thousand gallons, fixed for 10 years.

In addition to paying the town $100,000, the facilities management firm will pay the Rim Country Education Alliance $700,000 to design and construct the pipeline.

Besides keeping the golf courses green, Mayor Kenny Evans explained that when a college campus is built, untreated water from the pipeline could water sporting fields at the campus.

In addition, watering the golf courses consistently could help recharge the water table.

The golf courses have been relying on wastewater from the Northern Gila County Sanitary District, but the amount of water available has fallen consistently behind their needs.

Evans noted that if the golf courses can use enough water to soak into the ground rather than just enough to keep the grass alive, it will not only bolster the golf courses but put water back into the underground water table. The water table dropped more than 100 feet before the town imposed conservation measures several years ago. Once the Blue Ridge water starts going back into the ground, experts expect the water table to rise. The water that soaks into the ground on the fairways of the country club will likely end up in Star Valley’s water table.


don evans 3 years, 7 months ago

Since the recent sale of Brooke Water Utilities (aka. Payson Water Co. INC) how much water is still being sold to the community of Mesa Del? This has been going on since 2010. The Town of Payson is mysteriously silent on this sale of our public potable water to a new private water company servicing Mesa Del. It can be measured in acre feet, not gallons since 2010.


Pat Randall 3 years, 7 months ago

Where is the water coming from that Payson is selling to the golf courses?


Pat Randall 3 years, 7 months ago

When do we get to plant lawns? I am tired of having to walk on gravel. It would be cooler too. Chaparral Pine is supposed to be getting thier own water from a ranch they bought long ago. The ordinary people living in Payson cannot use the golf courses at Chaparral or Rim Club. Why should they buy water for less than we are paying?


mike szabo 3 years, 7 months ago

Why can't the Rim Club and Chaparral golf courses haul water in from green valley lakes. They could have a few lakes of their own if they were designed right. They could be on their own reclamation system with their waste water and keep their golf courses green. They could build holing ponds and haul water in and use it to keep their greens green too. Self contained and GREEN with recycling waste water. Hell they would probably get a check back from Obama for some damn reason.


Robbin Flowers 3 years, 7 months ago

The water pipeline is a bad idea. Want to replenish the ground water, then don't use water for playing golf. That land belongs to the elk and deer. Let it go and find other ways to amuse yourselves that don't involve land rape.

ASU isn't necessary if Payson has control over the college here. It can be expanded into a 4 year plus University. Who has a hold of this college and why doesn't Payson?

Domesticated cats outside of a home is one of the most destructive forces. Guess who they work for? They should be prevented! Do not allow them to come in and out of your home. If you want a cat, keep them in the seel of your home at all times.


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