Meeting on water quality management plan draws nine people

Officials are revising a countywide water management plan initially adopted in 1978, and a meeting to discuss the revisions drew nine people to Kingman City Hall on Tuesday.

The gathering included city officials, Realtors, consultants for developers and residents who learned about revisions to the plan required under Section 208 of the federal Clean Water Act.

The old plan also covers Yuma and La Paz counties.

The plan addresses water quality and sewage treatment, and seeks to identify federal funds that may be used to pay for new sewage treatment plants or expanding existing ones.

It is expected to be in effect for as long as 20 years.

The plan will be used as a guide for approval of subdivisions and sewage treatment plants, according to Dennis Roberts, community development director for the city of Kingman.

Roberts serves on a technical advisory committee made up of city and Mohave County officials and Indian tribes.

County planning and zoning director Chris Ballard heads the committee, which is working in conjunction with Stantec, a Phoenix-based consulting firm, to update the plan.

Roberts, Ballard, regulatory specialist Jody Noble of Stantec and Jill Himes of Himes Consulting LLC of Chandler fielded questions from the audience Tuesday.

One person who asked questions was Toni King, a homemaker who lives in the Cedar Hills area off Interstate 40 and Blake Ranch Road.

She said she came to the meeting to become better informed.

"We don't get a lot of feedback from the county regarding commercial construction or subdivisions," King said after the meeting, which lasted an hour and 15 minutes.

King said because of comments during the meeting, she would contact the Arizona Department of Water Resources to inquire about obtaining maps on the underground water supply near her home.

During the meeting, she asked about the extent of the water supply.

Roberts responded that the lower portion of the Hualapai basin is believed to have enough water to serve a population of 200,000 to 250,000, based on hydrological studies.

The city draws most of its water from wells in the basin.

King inquired about the water supply east of the Peacock Mountains.

"We don't know for sure what water is out there," Ballard said.

Ballard said the county has 13 watersheds, and studies have been done on most of them.

Himes, who is working with Noble, gave a rundown on sewage hookups and treatment and the number of wells serving the Kingman area.

She and Noble have traveled extensively throughout the county, and will attend meetings in Bullhead City and possibly in Beaver Dam/Littlefield in the Arizona Strip.

Himes said the public will have 30 days to comment on the draft plan, due in May.

The final plan will be due in July.

For more information, contact Ballard at 757-0903 or send an e-mail to Plan208@stantec.com.