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The Arizona Water Company is seeking to build a new tank that will not only provide service reliability for residents but will help better serve in the event of a fire.

The tank, which will hold between 1 million and 1.5 million gallons, will be installed on vacant land owned by the company southwest of the intersection of State Route 179 and West Mallard Drive.

“We are proposing this storage project in order to make sure that the surrounding community’s water demands, water supply sources, storage and booster pump station requirements are being reliably and adequately met,” the company’s website states.

Company spokesman Rick Ruiz said it has been looking for the right spot for the tank for quite some time. It had considered other locations but decided against them for a variety of reasons.
Sedona Community Development Director Audree Juhlin said this project will be heard by the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission in the form of a conditional use permit. The actual date for hearing is yet to be determined. The company will, however, be holding a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at the Sedona United Methodist Church at 110 Indian Cliffs Road.

Neither Ruiz or Juhlin had a time frame as to when the project — if approved — could be completed. Ruiz also said they have yet to release any cost estimates for the project until they have a better idea of the tank’s capacity.

According to the company, the project will include the following:

  • Water storage tank with up to a 1.5-million-gallon capacity.
  • Most of the tank will not be visible because it will be built underground.
  • Operational facilities will be built on top of the reservoir in an architectural style similar to surrounding homes.
  • A booster pump station capable of delivering up to 3,000 gallons per minute.

In the application to the city, the company wrote, “Due to the value and importance of scenic beauty in the Sedona area, one of the project essential goals is to preserve where feasible existing views important to neighboring properties. The project also considered the probable impact of the proposed superstructure on future potential buildings and developments.”

In a letter to customers in the area, Division Manager Keith Self wrote, “The company has completed a water resource master plan that concluded the east Sedona area needs additional storage capacity in order to make sure the community is being reliably and adequately served.”


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