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Water Policy Development

Click here to download   City Council Adopted Principles of Sound Water Management - Water Policies Chapter

he primary purpose of the Utilities Integrated Master Plan - Water Policy chapter is to provide the fundamental principles and guidelines for how the Utilities Division achieves the goals and objectives outlined by City Council and upper City Management.  The objective of these policies is to:  preserve the public’s trust in our water, sewer and stormwater systems through compliance with state and federal water quality, water management and flood plain management laws; guide strategic long-term planning; and demonstrate leadership in the stewardship of our limited natural resources. These policies emphasize the importance of water conservation, the protection of our natural environment and the development and maintenance of a redundant water supply that will assist in satisfying demand during a prolonged drought.

The principles of sound water management contained within these water policies will support and build on the policies contained within the Water Element section of the Regional  Land  Use  anTransportation  Plan  and  its  subsequent  updates.    These policies will provide guidance to staff on how most effectively to develop, recommend and implement the numerous programs administered by the Utilities Division.

The Utilities Division is comprised of two Enterprise Funds; water, wastewater and reclaimed water are tracked individually in one fund; the second separate fund is stormwater.  The fiscal intent is to balance expenses (O&M and Capital) versus income from rates and capacity fees.

These policies refer to conducting periodic master planning efforts for water resources, and Utilities infrastructure including the water system, wastewater system, reclaimed water system, stormwater drainage and technology pertaining to the water and sewer system’s operation and control, also known as a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition or SCADA. All master planning efforts should take into account the Utilities Division’s potential impacts, vulnerability and assessment of risk from climate variability and weather related effects.  The goal should be to build in resilience in the operations of the Utilities Division in order to protect against the risk from climate variability and weather related impacts to the City’s water supplies and infrastructure.   The City undertook a Resiliency and Preparedness study in 2012 and the results and recommendations of this study should be considered in all master planning efforts.

The process to develop and adopt these water policies was a very public endeavor that was vetted through numerous meetings with the City’s citizens advisory Water Commission and the Flagstaff City Council.  The development of these policies initially started in 2008 and culminated with the Water Commission approving the policy language on November 15, 2012.  City Council then took up the review and discussion of each policy.  After eleven (11) meetings, the City Council adopted these polices by Resolution No. 2014-13 on April 1, 2014. 

  • Finance    
  • Water Resource Management
  • Reclaimed Water       
  • Water Conservation
  • Stormwater        
  • Infrastructure
  • Master Planning
  • Regional Cooperation and Leadership
  • Water Security