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EPCOR Updates Community on Copper Basin Plant and Section Eleven Decommissioning

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In a recent community meeting held on November 20, 2023, at the San Tan Valley Veterans Center, EPCOR officials provided comprehensive updates on the progress of the Copper Basin wastewater treatment plant and the planned decommissioning of Section Eleven. The meeting was an opportunity for the community to learn about the significant infrastructure developments and EPCOR's commitment to sustainable wastewater management in the region.

Progress on Copper Basin Plant and Section Eleven

EPCOR officials outlined the timeline and strategies for diverting over 50% of the current wastewater flows to the newly developed Copper Basin facility. This transition is a pivotal step towards the eventual closure of Section Eleven, targeted for the end of 2025. The closure plan aligns with EPCOR's dedication to enhancing wastewater treatment capabilities and supporting the community's growth.

In response to community concerns, officials discussed the recent installation of an Eco Sort system and the development of an innovative odor investigation tool at Section Eleven. These measures aim to effectively mitigate odors, a longstanding issue for nearby residents.

Future Use of Section Eleven Land

Addressing community concerns about the future use of the Section Eleven site, Joe Gross. Epcor's Director of Government Relations, assured attendees that the land would not be repurposed as a waste facility. Post-decommissioning, contractors will undertake clean-up efforts, and the land's future will be subject to community input and legal considerations, including the need to offset expenses through land sales.

EPCOR's Commitment to the Community

EPCOR representatives emphasized their commitment to open communication and sustainable practices. Acknowledging past concerns, they encouraged the community to hold them accountable and to stay engaged in the ongoing dialogue. The representatives highlighted EPCOR's significant investment in the region, underlining their efforts to ensure not only the growth of the community but also the provision of quality water and waste management services.

Looking Ahead

EPCOR outlined their forward-looking strategy, including the reduction of wastewater flows from 1.1 million gallons per day to less than 450,000 gallons per day by January 30th. This strategy is part of a broader plan to distribute flows across the basin and continue the success seen with their current processes.
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