Water Works seeks funds for new Haskell Springs well

The Arizona Department of Water Resources has notified the Town of Clarkdale that Cottonwood Water Works had submitted an application for funding from the CAP Water Trust Fund to develop an 800-foot well in the Haskell Springs area.

ADWR has established a Nov. 16 deadline to submit written comments regarding this issue.

The Town of Clarkdale, City of Cottonwood and Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee are all expected to provide formal comment on the Cottonwood Water Works application.

The Clarkdale Town Council will formalize its comment on this proposal when the council next meets Nov. 13, 6 p.m., in the Men's Lounge of the Clark Memorial Clubhouse.

Although no formal action has yet been taken on this particular issue, the Clarkdale Town Council took a position regarding further development of wells in the Haskell Springs area in a July 2000 letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

At that time, Cottonwood Water Works was unable to meet the water demands of the community and stringent water conservation was a necessity. The July 2000 letter asked that the Arizona Corporation Commission require Cottonwood Water Works to take immediate steps to secure water supplies outside the Haskell Springs area.

"The 1997 federal approval of the assignment of 1,789 acre feet of Cottonwood Water Work’s CAP entitlements to the City of Scottsdale was intended to supply the capital necessary for Cottonwood Water Works to acquire and develop alternative water supplies," the Clarkdale letter stated. "Since that time, Cottonwood Water Works has continued to re-drill wells in the Haskell Springs area, and all of the private residential wells in that immediate area have been depleted. At Cottonwood Water Works' own admission, they are no longer able to meet the demands of our community. Continued drilling in the Haskell Springs area is not a solution and, in the long run, is detrimental to the rehabilitation of the Haskell Springs site as a viable water source."

There have been two producing wells at Haskell Springs for a number of years. According to Clarkdale records, until the spring of 2000, each of those wells had been producing approximately 500-600 gallons per minute. In May 2001, after an approximately nine-month development process, a proposed third well (which was a 600-foot well) on Cottonwood Water Works property in the Haskell Springs area yielded extremely poor results and was determined to be unproductive.

The Town of Clarkdale's most recent information, which was obtained in July 2001, was that one of the original two wells was now virtually unproductive and that the system is operating with one well that produces between 450-480 gallons per minute. The proposed new 800-foot well would be developed on the same 10-acre Cottonwood Water Works property in Haskell Springs as the one well that is producing, and the two others that are unproductive.

Additional information on the proposal can be obtained by calling: Tricia McCraw, Colorado River Management Section, Arizona Department of Water Resources, 500 N. Third St., Phoenix, 85004-3903.

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