Paradise Valley eyes new sewer system IGA with city of Scottsdale

Paradise Valley Town Hall is at 6401 E. Lincoln Drive in the Town of Paradise Valley. (File photo)

Paradise Valley Town Hall is at 6401 E. Lincoln Drive in the Town of Paradise Valley. (File photo)

The town of Paradise Valley and city of Scottsdale appear poised to enter into an intergovernmental agreement where Scottsdale will provide sewer services for the municipal township.

The Paradise Valley sewer system includes 70 miles of pipe servicing 2,098 parcels while 1,531 parcels are served with a septic service.

Depending on where you live in the Town of Paradise Valley determines what entity handles the wastewater leaving your home. Paradise Valley residents have three options: Use a septic tank, use town services if within a certain geographical area, or sign up for the city of Phoenix sewer service.

Paradise Valley Town Manager Kevin Burke says he hopes to have expected rates and concrete tenets of the pending sewer IGA back to town council some time in March or April.

“The crux of this is a new IGA with Scottsdale,” he said at a Feb. 25 work session discussion at Town Hall. “About one and a half, two years ago it was approved by Scottsdale with a pretty hefty rate increase — that initiated the sewer master plan.”

Paradise Valley first entered into an agreement with Scottsdale for sewer services in November 1998 at a rate of 820 gallons per day at a cost of $823,000 through fiscal year 2000, according to Paradise Valley Public Works Director Jim Shano.

In 2006, the municipality purchased an additional 146,479 gallons per day at a one time cost of $4 million, which gives the municipality a total capacity of 1,026,479 gallons per day.

“To see something like toilet water to be purified into something more pure than drinking water is amazing,” said Mr. Shano at the Feb. 24 study session discussion. “The system is pretty significant for what we have here in Paradise Valley.”

Mr. Shano says the town has plenty of capacity for its current needs.

“What we looked at was the existing system,” he said of the May 2015 sewer master plan. “We don’t have areas that are overwhelmed — that’s a really good thing to not have these problem.”

While rates have not been released by the municipality, Mr. Shano says tenets of the proposed IGA would assesss a 10 percent increase to Paradise Valley ratepayers compared to counterparts in Scottsdale.

“The city would do the maintenance the exact same way they do their own system,” he pointed out. “We can review the town’s capacity at 90 percent. All future rate increases will be consistent with those for all Scottsdale customers.”

The city of Scottsdale calculates its monthly sewer rates by multiplying 90 percent of the customer’s average winter consumption for the prior December, January and February, according to the city’s website.

North Valley News Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at 623-445-2774 or at tthornton@newszap.com

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