The Purple Packet Process
On this page you will find steps to apply for the use of recycled (also known as reclaimed) water in the city of Surprise.
If you have any questions regarding the Purple Packet Process, please contact the Surprise Environmental Division.
- Complete and sign* the City of Surprise Non-Potable Water Use Application and Non-Potable Water Use Agreement forms below.
Non-Potable Water Use Application
Non-Potable Water Use Agreement
*NOTE: The signatory for a corporation is the responsible corporate officer; it must be the principal executive officer or legal representative for on-going operations.
- Submit the forms to the city's Water Resource Management Department (WRM) Environmental Division:
Christine Nuñez, Environmental Manager 623.222.7035
Randy De La Garza, Pollution Control Specialist, 623.222.7143 (Cross-Connection)
NOTE: A completed Water Meter Request Application and applicable fees must also be submitted to Development Services.
- Apply for your Type 2 Recycled Water General Permit with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
- Go to the ADEQ webpage and complete the Type 2 Recycled Water General Permit Notice of Intent. You will be required to create an account with ADEQ.
- Submit the Notice of Intent (NOI) to the ADEQ website as specified on the NOI.
- Provide a copy of the NOI as submitted to ADEQ to the City.
- After you receive your Type 2 Recycled Water General Permit from ADEQ, provide a copy to the City's Water Resource Management Environmental Division. Once you receive this permit, your site is permitted by the State to use reclaimed water (this does not supersede County or City requirements, it just "permits" the site to use recycled reclaimed water).
- Apply for Approval to Construct from Maricopa County Environmental Service. This process is the regulatory required engineering review of the recycled reclaimed water. This is required for any extension of the reclaimed system, on-site irrigation systems, and connections to the city system (including meters). This process is carried out by the Maricopa County Department of Environmental Services.
- Go to the Maricopa County Environmental Service Forms Webpage
- Scroll down to "Review & Approval Process Flow Diagrams" and follow the one titled Flow Diagram for a Typical Reuse Facility Project.
- Once you are issued the Approval to Construct, provide a copy to the City's WRM Environmental Division.
- As part of the County's process, a Cross-Connection Testing Plan for your project will be required. This plan must be submitted to the City's WRM Environmental Division for review, comment, and approval.
- For more information see the City of Surprise cross-connection and backflow page.
- Coordination with the City is required to perform the cross-connection test.
- Once your project is constructed and a cross-connection test has been approved by the City, the project design engineer will complete the Engineer's Certificate of Completion (ECOC) to be submitted to the County.
- Complete the Maricopa County Approval of Construction (AOC) application and submit it to the County with the ECOC and the written Cross-connection approval from the City.
- Once you have submitted all City required forms and have received an AOC for your system from the County, your site is approved to use recycled reclaimed water.
- Contact the City of Surprise Environmental Division to verify that the purple packet requirements have been met. Then contact the City of Surprise Customer Service & Utility Billing at 623.222.1900 to request installation of a reclaimed water meter.
Note: Some projects may already have a user agreement and permit for an entire development but may require several ATC/AOC's as individual irrigation sites or expansion of the existing irrigation system(s) as the development builds-out. Those projects require completion of the MCESD process for each on-site irrigation system, the submission a new water use application, a meter request, and cross-connection plan to the City, and written notification of system expansion to ADEQ. Contact the City's Water Resource Management Department Environmental Division for assistance.
Summary of Required Forms
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Forms
Maricopa County Environmental Services Department Forms