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Lake Havasu City To Irrigate Public Parks With Reclaimed Water

Lake Havasu
(Photo by Andrew Wilkinson - CC BY 2.0)
Lake Havasu.

Starting in April, Lake Havasu City will switch to reclaimed water when irrigating some public parks and fields.

At Rotary Park and London Bridge Beach in Lake Havasu City, about 114,000 gallons of drinkable water are used to irrigate the grounds each day. The city council last week approved a $400,000 bid to use reclaimed water for those public parks, some playing fields and street landscaping.

City engineer Jeremy Abbott said the investment will ultimately save the city money and reserve drinking water for city growth.

“There’s future savings as far as the need for future water rights purchasing," he said. "As cities develop and grow, they may reach their current allowed allocation.”

He said the switch frees up more drinking water for future city growth and thinks the investment is a step in the right direction for more water conservation.

“It’s extremely important for us to make sure that we’re using the least amount of water possible and that when we do use the water, we’re using it in the smartest way possible," he said.

Abbott said the changeover process will be carefully monitored, using a dye to make sure no reclaimed water makes it into the drinking fountains at the parks.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.