The management of water supplies in the City of Prescott is an on-going responsibility of both the water provider and the water consumer: the water provider manages the supply to ensure the sustainability of the community and the water consumer participates actively through efficient use and conservation. Arizona state laws have been the driving force for the management of water supplies and are specifically addressed by City codes, policies, and other documents within the City’s water service area.
Conservation involves many aspects which can be reviewed in the State’s current Prescott AMA’s 4th Management Plan effective January 1, 2017. The plan outlines conservation requirements by the State of Arizona related to the water system itself and the use by the water customers:
- The City has a web page dedicated to assisting the community with water conservation efforts, click here.
- For system conservation, the City has maintained system losses below 10%, as required by law, since the mid-1980s. This is accomplished through leak detection programs which are coupled with capital project planning in 5 or 10 year periods that determine which lines are scheduled for maintenance or replacement.
Since 1992, the City Code has contained protection requirements for supply interruptions such as drought or infrastructure/equipment failure. This Code is updated when there are changes related to the City’s safe production capabilities. The most recent update was in 2017. City Code 3-10-11, is the basis for the Drought Management Plan which the City must file in accordance with the State of Arizona every five years as required by A.R.S. § 45-342.