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Thank you, Flagstaff!

Your support for local infrastructure projects will make the city better!

Post Date: 12/12/2022

As we wrap up another year of serving Flagstaff residents, our gratitude is deep. Thank you, Voters, for approving Proposition 441 in the November 8 general election. Your support for stormwater, wastewater, and wildfire infrastructure projects count even more in the face of a changing climate and environmental needs. Flagstaff City Council officially adopted election results in a November 28 special meeting; now the work begins. 

Flood Control and Stormwater Management - The $26 million designated for stormwater will go a long way toward completing crucial flood mitigation projects in Spruce Wash, nearly tripling drainage capacity below the Museum Fire burn scar to mitigate flooding as the watershed heals. Channel improvements will extend from Paradise Road to the Killip Retention Basin. Funding can be used as leveraging for grants, maximizing each dollar spent. 

Wastewater Capacity and Reliability - An additional $29.1 million for wastewater infrastructure will go toward increasing solids handling needs at the Wildcat Hill and Rio de Flag Reclamation Plants, which are currently at an 88% capacity. Energy efficiency upgrades will save money, moving us toward City carbon neutrality goals. Efficiency projects include a new pump station, turbo blowers, and a cogeneration unit to convert byproduct gas to clean energy and heat! 

Reducing the Wildfire Threat - New fire-fighting equipment will aid in keeping our community – and water supply – safe from wildfires. 

These projects align with Flagstaff Water Services' mission to professionally and cost-effectively provide water, wastewater, and stormwater services that meet the present and future environmental, health and safety needs of the community. Learn about Prop 441 projects in this short video:


Blog Archive


November: Preparing for the Floods (PDF)

October: Proposition 441 Supports Water Health and Safety Measures (PDF)

June: Adding a New Waterline Loop Increases Capacity on East Route 66 (PDF)

April: Preparing for Monsoons and Beyond (PDF)

March: The Phoenix Avenue Bridge Project is Complete! (PDF)

February: Wildcat Hill Digester Complex Expansion (PDF)

January: Water Services Focuses on Efficiency (PDF)


November: A Roadmap to Future Solutions (PDF)

October: Spruce Wash Flood Projects Continue (PDF)

September: Telling the Story as We Plan for the Future (PDF) 

August: A Summer of Improvements - Getting Tanked Up (PDF)

July: Testing Groundwater Recharge Strategies with Recycled Water (PDF)

June: Managing Flagstaff's Sewer Infrastructure with GIS Technology (PDF)

May: Flagstaff Plans for a New Groundwater Well in its Portfolio (PDF)

April: Coconino Estates Improvements Continue This Summer (PDF)

March: Keep Flagstaff's Water Clean: Only Snow and Rain in Stormwater Drains (PDF)

February: Rio de Flag Water Reclamation Plant Receives Necessary Upgrades (PDF)

January: McAllister Well and Pumphouse Adds Capacity to our Water System (PDF)


December: Woody Mountain Clarifier Project Wraps Up 2020 Capital Improvements (PDF)

November: Updates on Capital Improvement Projects Started in Summer 2020 (PDF)

October: Planning for Flagstaff's Water Future (PDF)

September: Flagstaff Water Services Receives Two National Water Conservation Awards (PDF)

August: Updates on Stormwater Maintenance in Flagstaff (PDF)

July: Ground-Breaking Infrastructure Upgrades Continue This Summer (PDF)

June: Focus on Infrastructure Development for Summer 2020 (PDF)

May: Brad Hill, Water Services Director, Retires After 12 Dedicated Years (PDF)

April: Keeping Your Water Clean and Safe (PDF)

March: Linda Vista Drive Construction Tackles Two Water Projects Simultaneously (PDF)

February: Are There "Forever Chemicals" in Our Drinking Water? (PDF)

January: Planning for the Next Decade (PDF)


July: Inner Basin Pipeline repaired just in time to aid Fire Operations (PDF)

June: Control Room Modernization at Lake Mary Water Treatment Plant (PDF)

February: Upgrades at Rio Water Reclamation Plant Improve Efficiency & Safety (PDF)


December: NAU and Flagstaff Water Services Create Winning Partnerships (PDF)

November: I-40 Transmission Line (PDF)

June: New Aerator Protects Aquatic Life in Frances Short Pond (PDF)

May: How TV Vans are a Driving Force for Efficiency (PDF)