The management of water supplies in the City of Prescott is an ongoing responsibility of both the water provider and the water consumer: the water provider manages the supply to ensure stability, quality, and system integrity, while the water consumer participates actively through efficient use and conservation. Arizona state laws have been the driving force for the management of water supplies and are further addressed by City codes, policies, and other documents for those within the City’s water service area.
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Conservation regulations can be reviewed in the State’s current Prescott AMA’s 4th Management Plan effective January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2024. The plan outlines conservation requirements by sector (municipal, industrial, etc.) and usage ceiling, known as GPCD (Gallons Per Capita per Day).
For system conservation, the City has maintained system losses below 10%, as required by law, since the mid-1980s. This is accomplished by ensuring system integrity through leak detection programs. These programs are coupled with capital project planning in 5 or 10 year periods, that determine which lines are scheduled for maintenance or replacement.
Since 1992, the City Code has contained protection requirements for supply interruptions such as drought or infrastructure/equipment failure. This Code is updated when there are changes related to the City’s safe production capabilities. The most recent update was in 2017. City Code 3-10-11 is the basis for the Drought Management Plan which the City must file in accordance with the State of Arizona every five years as required by A.R.S. § 45-342.