CITY OF SURPRISE
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
Bell Road, Suite D-100
February 21, 2006
Call to Order:
The Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop Meeting
began at 6 p.m. at the in the Surprise City Hall Classroom, 12425 West Bell
Road, Suite D100, Surprise, Arizona 85374, on Tuesday, February 21, 2006.
attendance with Chairman Ken Senft were Commissioners Jan Blair, Skip Hall, Lyn
Truitt, Antonio Segarra, and Fred Watts. Vice Chairman Randy Nachtigall was
Council Members Present: None
James E. Swanson, Water Services Manager,
presented a brief overview of the City’s water services.
Following is an outline of topics discussed:
Approximately 12,400 customers.
The water the customers drink comes from wells which pump
groundwater from a depth of 1,000 to 1,500 feet below the land surface
The depth to water (water table) is 350 feet below the land
The drinking water is treated, by adding chlorine, and delivered
to you the customer. In the future this will include Arsenic treatment.
The State requires all water providers have an assured water
supply and replenish all groundwater usage.
Approximately 38,100 customers.
The City’s wastewater service area is greater than its water
The wastewater produced at the City’s Water Reclamation
Facilities is further treated to produce reclaimed water.
The City’s reclaimed water is currently discharged to its recharge
facilities and to users for direct use.
It takes about 9 months for the water to reach the water table
(remember, the water table is 350 feet below the land surface)
Infrastructure Master Plan
Water Resources Master Plan
Water Conservation Program
Education and Outreach
City events, expos, clubs, schools, Channel 11, Surprise Progress
Water - Use It Wisely
Partnering with Home Depot and Lowe’s (April 2005)
1,000 4th Graders attended the National Project WET Conservation
Festival at the Surprise Recreation Campus
Water Conservation Message and Emerging Technology
Every Drop Counts
3,400 gallons annually for pool backwash water (42,000,000
1,500 gallons every 10 years for pool maintenance refill
(1,500,000 gallons annually)
4,000 gallons annually for a low water use front load washer
(40,000,000 gallons annually)
Total annual savings of 83,500,000 gallons (enough for 620 single
The above items do not change our quality of life but only better
use our limited resources
Emerging Water Conservation
Dual Flush Toilets (0.8 and 1.6 gallons per flush)
High efficiency washers
Soil moisture probes
Hot water recirculation pumps
Under-sink water heaters
There are many ways to approach water conservation and still
maintain our quality of life.
Water Conservation efforts should focus on areas where we might
be wasting water and include impacts on the quality of life.
Dual water system
Drinking water and reclaimed water
Water Conservation Ordinance
Water conservation devices and methods
Pursuant to A.R.S. §
38-431.03(A)(3), the Planning and Zoning Commission may go into executive
session with the City Attorney for legal advice on any item listed on the
Hearing no further business,
Chairman Senft adjourned the Planning and Zoning Commission workshop meeting of
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 6:58 p.m.
and Zoning Commission