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Flagstaff treatment plant not upholding promise

FLAGSTAF, Ariz. — One of Flagstaff’s two wastewater treatment plants isn’t
producing reclaimed water of the cleanest grade, as was promised to voters when
they approved a costly upgrade.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported the cost of upgrade to
the Wildcat Hill plant has passed the $23.1 million estimate to $37 million and
may increase further.

Most of the plant’s treated water now goes into the Rio de Flag for groundwater
replenishment, though some is used by golf courses.

According to city officials, that keeps it out of the city’s reclaimed
wastewater pipelines, which carry only the cleanest grade.

The problem is that the treated water still carries excess solids.

Officials said none of the plant’s treated water reaches Arizona Snowbowl, a ski
area that uses reclaimed water from Flagstaff to make snow.


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