In May 2017, Central Arizona Project (CAP) Board President Lisa Atkins established the Water Quality Standards Task Force, comprised of CAP Board Members.

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The scope of the Task Force is to review the legal, operational and policy considerations related to the quality of non-project water that is introduced into the CAP system.

The Task Force has engaged stakeholders in the process from the beginning. At the June meeting, 9 water quality presentations were given by groups including the Bureau of Reclamation, City of Phoenix and the Gila River Indian Community. They addressed water quality issues, Reclamation policies, treatment technologies and limitations, and more.

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Stakeholders now have the opportunity to submit proposed water quality standards. Proposals are due September 1 and will be discussed at a workshop-style meeting on September 12

The goal of this short-term task force is to develop recommended standards at the October 19 meeting which will then be passed along to the full Board for approval and recommendation to the Bureau of Reclamation. This is one of the necessary implementation steps for the CAP System Use Agreement.

The next meetings of the Water Quality Standards Task Force will be:


  • Meeting #3 – Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 9:00am – Stakeholders are encouraged to attend to discuss the proposals with the Task Force members.
  • Meeting #4 – Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:30pm – A recommendation on standards is expected to be adopted at this meeting.

  • Learn more about the Water Quality Standards Task Force.


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