This facility represents the current status of a project which began in the 1960’s by concerned members of our community who recognized the need for collection and treatment of waste water.
The Sanitary District came into being on December 13, 1973, by a special election in the Pinetop-Lakeside area. Years of planning and discussion followed and resulted in the completion of a 400,000 gallon per day wastewater treatment plant in 1980. This facility served the area well until growth in the mid 1980’s made expansion necessary. This was not an unexpected event, but was predicted and planned for by the Board of Directors and Staff.
The present wastewater facility was completed in early 1988. This 2.0 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant was constructed at a cost of 4.2 million dollars. No bonds were sold to finance this construction which is highly unusual in a municipal construction. Approximately two million dollars were provided by E.P.A. and the remaining monies were generated locally by the following sources:
- High Density capacity charges paid by developers.
- Connection fees paid by subdividers and developers.
- Connection fees paid by individuals.
- Annexation fees from lands joining the Sanitary District.
- Budget savings and surpluses from operations.
- Miscellaneous revenues and fees for services.