More neighborhoods are to be served with sewer services after a new loan was closed to expand the Buckskin Sanitary District (BSD) into the Parker Dam area north of Parker, AZ.
The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) announced this week that it has closed a three-year design loan for $915,000 for BSD to design plans for further expansion of its wastewater collection and treatment services.
In recent years an action plan has been implemented by BSD to address concerns over failing septic systems and related public health and water quality issues in the area, which is known as ‘Phase 5 & 6’ in the BSD Master Plan.
The planning area encompasses 4.4 miles of existing residential developments, businesses, restaurants and parks and runs generally along the Colorado River from Buckskin Mountain State Park north to the communities closest to Parker Dam. The area includes Buckskin Mountain State Park, Castle Rock Resort, River Island State Park, Verde West, Ranchero Estates, Buckskin Valley, and the area from Dam Hideaway resort to B&B West in the Parker Dam Road area. The area falls within the boundaries of the BSD service area.
With the $915,000, BSD plans to build a wastewater conveyance system in the area, including a new wastewater treatment plant serving the zones in the plan. An additional 1762 people are expected to have sewer service instead of septic treatment after construction is complete.
WIFA says it has financed approximately $4.3 million in loans and provided $65,000 in technical assistance funding for planning and design and wastewater treatment plant acquisition to improve and expand wastewater services in the area.