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As drought continues, Tempe to revive shuttered water treatment facility

During the Great Recession, the city of Tempe shuttered its Kyrene water reclamation facility.

But it will get federal funding to revive the plant.

The facility was shut down to cut costs, but the drought has city officials taking a closer look at its water supply.

Congressman Greg Stanton helped secure the funding to get the project underway.

“So now with the drought, we want to make use of the local resource in town, so that we can recharge the water and also use it at SRP power generating station. They can use it for cooling water,” said Mark Weber, deputy municipal utilities director for Tempe.

The plant will be able to treat up to 4 million gallons a day.

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Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.