Topic: Municipal

Keyword: Lake Havasu


Shops at Lake Havasu awarded for water conservation

Excerpt: By revamping their landscaping with more desert-loving plants, The Shops at Lake Havasu has cut its water consumption by 42 percent since 2014.

Excerpt: The Shops had previously hired a landscaping company from Las Vegas to bring in plants to go around the mall. Staff soon discovered the temperature difference between Vegas and Havasu meant quite a bit to the plants, many of which wilted and struggled. Over the past few months, many plants have been replaced and metal sculptures are being incorporated to help fill in the landscaping.

Excerpt: The Shops was recognized by Mayor Mark Nexsen and members of the Water Division in a small ceremony Wednesday. Nexsen presented Michelle Misurelli, The Shops’ property manager, and Mark Sinek, The Shops’ operations manager, with a certificate of recognition for their water conservation efforts.

Mudshark earns water conservation recognition

Excerpt: Havasu’s Mudshark Brewery was recognized on July 17 by Mayor Mark Nexsen, Water Resource Coordinator Doyle Wilson and Water Conservation Specialist Briana Morgan for recent efforts to reduce both its consumption of water and the business’s energy dependency.

Excerpt: Water conservation represents one of the pillars of Havasu’s Vision 20/20 Revitalization Plan, which the city will use as a guideline for future economic and community growth over the next several decades. In an economy driven by the Colorado River, water is a resource that Havasu’s Vision 20/20 team, which includes Nexsen, intends to protect.

Excerpt: Havasu’s Water Conservation Recognition Program began this year, and recipients are recognized each quarter. The first recipient of the award, Beachcomber Estates, was recognized in February.

Students help out a local bank on Earth Day

Excerpt: More than 10 Thunderbolt students, joined by their ASU counterparts and faculty, bank employees and community members bundled shrubs and fallen trees destined for the Bureau of Land Management fisheries improvement project.

Excerpt: Kathleen Weber, Thunderbolt seventh grade science teacher wasn’t surprised that so many of her students wanted to spend their Earth Day doing something positive.

“They do a great job in stepping up when they need to,” Weber said. “Sometimes middle school students don’t always have the best reputation and yes they don’t always do the wisest things, but this will show you they can make a difference and be those students we all know they can be.”

Mohave State Bank landscape goes ecofriendly

Excerpt: In the coming weeks, motorists driving by the north Lake Havasu branch of Mohave State Bank will notice major changes to the building landscaping.

Excerpt: Currently, the bank experiences 56,000 gallons of water running off its hard surfaces from an average annual rainfall of 4.24 inches.

When the project kicks into high gear later this month, students from the university’s Environmental Community Outreach Club will serve as a project manager, mapping out the logistics of the transformation at the bank as part of their classwork.

Excerpt: “Choosing the right plant material, and doing the right thing we can create some really amazing environments that are sustainable and require a lot less water and substantially less maintenance,” Gorden said. “Here we are taking a very sterile environment that uses a lot of water … and instead we can go in and implement something that uses very little water and maintenance, and stays green and good looking throughout the year because we are using the right plant material for this environment.”

The project is tentatively scheduled to be finished by April.

Drought expected to continue

Excerpt: Despite recent heavy rain and mountain snowfall in much of the west, precipitation largely bypassed the long-term drought areas across Southern California and much of the southwest.

Arizona, in general, has fared better with only 15 percent of the state still experiencing drought conditions after the wettest winter in seven years.

Excerpt: According to a recent report, the Western Resource Advocates set the reservoir behind Hoover Dam at 39 percent of its capacity. Water management experts have revised that figure to 41 percent capacity.

“Cuts are looming because Arizona’s bank for 40 percent of its water supply coming (from) Lake Mead are being drained faster than it can be filled,” the report stated.

“Lake Mead has this growing bathtub ring, even though everyone is using their legal amounts of water,” said Drew Beckwith, an executive with the environmental advocacy group.

Planning for expansion of wastewater recycling program

Excerpt: Lake Havasu City’s treated wastewater has in recent years found a productive use as an environmentally conscious alternative to potable water. Rates on Havasu’s effluent will fall this summer, and several local businesses will reap the benefits.

Excerpt: While Havasu has remained relatively free from drought conditions that have affected much of the Southwest, a tri-state agreement between Arizona, California and Nevada would require Arizonans to take substantial reductions in their use of Colorado River water; enhancing the need for effluent in Arizona communities.

Overhaul of water management is in the works here

Excerpt: By July 2018, a coalition of regional agencies hopes to have a better watershed management plan for the Lower Colorado River system.

The plan is intended to provide a broad set of guidelines for water use and disaster management for Lake Havasu and the Lower Colorado River in order to maintain water quality. It will hopefully put all of the agencies with a stake in the region’s water on the same page, Lake Havasu City’s water resources coordinator Doyle Wilson said.

Excerpt: “Once we get going on this, I think they’ll realize it’s better to be involved in planning on the river than not,” he said. “It could cause some delays, so compromise will have to be in the air. Yes, there could be some problems but it’s better to do this inclusively than exclusively.”

Havasu City recognizes Beachcomber Resort

Excerpt: The city on Tuesday recognized Beachcomber Resort Manager Jim Hill for his efforts in conserving water.

Excerpt: As of 2015, the Beachcomber Resort consumed about 200,000 cubic feet of water per month. With a few changes, including the removal of azalea bushes that once spanned the property, the resort now consumes an average of 70,000-90,000 per month, Morgan said.

Arizona Water Initiative starts

Excerpt: The Mohave County Board of Supervisors requested the basins here be a top priority, as some of the largest water basins in the state are in the county. The state agreed and Kingman is home to the first of many that will be held in the state to examine the demand for water and the potential challenges in meeting that demand.

Excerpt: While Water Resources will work with local governments on defining the challenges and developing strategies, Mohave County is home to a large farming operation along Stockton Hill Road between Kingman and Pierce Ferry Road, and in Red Lake and Golden Valley. Also, a nut farm is going in off of Route 66 between Kingman and Valle Vista.

Excerpt: Farmers are leaving drought-stricken, heavily-regulated California by the droves and many are heading straight to Arizona, according to Supervisor Buster Johnson.

Effluent system installation begins at Rotary Park

Excerpt: Work began Monday on an effluent system that will sustain Rotary Community Park while reducing the city’s dependence on potable Colorado River water.

Excerpt: “We’re going to convert Rotary Park and London Bridge Beach to use reused, effluent water rather than potable water,” Wilson said. “No grant money will be spent on the actual construction – the city is paying for that part. As shortages loom, we know that the more potable water we save, the better off we are. As the city continues to grow, the further our reliance on the Colorado River will extend for peoples’ use.”

California nut farm's move to Arizona raises water concerns

Excerpt: A farm operation that is moving from California to Arizona to raise almonds and other nuts has raised concern about whether it will deplete water supplies in Mohave County.

Excerpt: Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson said the fully planted farm will use nearly 8 billion gallons of water annually.

Excerpt: He said several companies are choosing Arizona as a logical place to move amid drought-related water restrictions in California and other parts of the world.

"The recent loss of water rights on the Big Sandy, coupled with the increased farming activity in the Hualapai Valley and Sacramento basins near Kingman, brings concerns to the longevity of adequate water supplies for Mohave County," said Johnson.

Lake Havasu offering mussel decontamination for boats

Excerpt: A new decontamination station inside Lake Havasu State Park serviced its first boat this week. The device, inside a shipping container, flushes 140-degree water through a boat’s water intake systems. Boats then need about a week to dry.

Excerpt: The mussels can ruin boat motors and clog water intakes, such as pipes and screens on power and water-treatment plants.

Excerpt: Kami Silverwood, a Game and Fish aquatic invasive species specialist, said the importance of cleaning boats and draining water can’t be stressed enough.

“Other western states are like, ‘Hey, you have the mussels, you need to contain them,”’ Silverwood said.

Water audit might help Havasu find leaks

Excerpt: Lake Havasu City water officials are saying it’s time to see where and why the city’s water distribution system is losing water.

Excerpt: Wilson said if the audit shows the water loss is an issue of improper accounting, it can be an easy fix. But if it’s a physical loss, Wilson said the focus may shift to loss detection.

He doesn’t believe a water audit has been done in at least 10 years. He thinks the grant will allow the city to make a proactive move.

“We think it’s another way to become more efficient in our water use,” Wilson said.

Drying up

Excerpt: Water is expensive and is becoming increasingly scarce.

And as growing communities put more stress on the water resources of the American Southwest, costs here are only going up.

Excerpt: Geologist and Water Resources Coordinator Doyle Wilson has a goal to make Lake Havasu City as self-sufficient as possible, and two grant applications have been submitted that could bring the city money to take a meaningful step in that direction.

“We need to lay a good foundation to delay negative impacts to the citizenry,” Wilson said. “We need to avoid high-priced water.”

Excerpt: “It’s not a system that will hold the water forever,” Wilson said. “The idea behind the whole thing is to inject during the winter time and pull it back out during the summer. We won’t lose as much water if we pull it out seasonally.”

Havasu water supply healthy in the face of looming shortages

Excerpt: Lake Havasu City’s bucket is looking safely wet in the scheme of looming water shortages that could affect communities along the Colorado River as soon as June 2016 if drought conditions continue to siphon water levels in Lake Mead.

Excerpt: The city’s Water Resources Coordinator Doyle Wilson told the Lake Havasu City Council Tuesday that drought conditions began in 1999, and have grown to proportions of a new name.

“It’s a mega-drought at this point in time because it’s lasted longer than 10 years,” Wilson said.

Excerpt: To date, the city has kept shortages at bay with turf reductions, irrigation upgrades, and educating the community through rebate-type water conservation programs.


Southern Nevada Water Authority
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is a cooperative agency formed in 1991 to address Southern Nevada's unique water needs on a regional basis. SNWA officials are charged with managing the region's water resources and providing for Las Vegas Valley residents' and businesses' present and future water needs.
Official Website of Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City, home of the historic London Bridge, is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River border of California and Arizona. The City was established in 1963 by Robert P. McCulloch as a self-sufficient, planned community.
Mohave County Water Authority
The catalyst which brought the Mohave County Water Authority (“MCWA”) together was the Department of the Interior’s notice to the City of Kingman that their 18,500 acre feet of 4th priority main stream water contract was going to expire due to lack of beneficial use. In order to keep this water within Mohave County, the entities worked together in creating legislation (A.R.S. § 45-2201) to take the assignment of the Kingman Colorado River contract in exchange for providing funds to Kingman to develop its groundwater resources. The MCWA was officially formed in 1995.
Managing Water in the West
Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River.
Innovative Conservation Program
Metropolitan’s Innovative Conservation Program (ICP) provides funding in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) for research that will document water savings and reliability of innovative water savings devices. The objective is to evaluate the water saving potential and reliability of innovative water saving devices, technologies, and strategies.