Sanitation district makes progress on reclaim plan
TUSAYAN — The South Grand Canyon Sanitation District bored underneath State Route 64 last week during the latest phase of its reclaim water system project.
John Rueter, chairman of the sanitation district board, said the boring is necessary to complete loops in the system under the highway and a north-south run under the entrance to the Grand Hotel.
“After that’s completed, our next phase will be to lay about 800 feet of line running east and west along the Seven-Mile (Lodge) and in between the Holiday Inn Express and the Squire Inn. That should connect us up with the existing constructed portion of the line.”
The current phase of the project is expected to be finished within the next 30 days, Rueter said. Upon completion, final approval will be expected from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
Hollamon and Sons, a general drilling contracter out of Camp Verde, was doing the boring work last week. That portion of the drilling was near the Grand Hotel on the east side of the highway and near the Seven-Mile Lodge on the west side.
“We’re also installing three fire hydrants to continue our efforts to promote fire suppression access,” Rueter said. “We have five existing reclaims and this will be an addition of three. Later on, we’re going to meet with the fire department and assess where the weak points are as far as coverage and we hope to install some more.”
There are currently 38 freshwater hydrants in Tusayan, along with the five reclaim hydrants.
“We’re hoping to have reclaim be the primary fire suppression system in Tusayan,” Rueter said. “Currently, we have nine million gallons ... that can be drawn on in emergencies.”
The district is in the process of doing some investigative work on previously constructed lines at the Holiday Inn Express and Rodeway Red Feather Lodge. The district did not construct those lines and Rueter said information on them needs to be determined so those businesses can be serviced in the future.
The sanitation district began construction on its original reclaim water system in 1996. Rueter said the district is basically 90 percent finished on reclaim.
Rueter estimated that in the last 12 years, the district has recycled more than 200 million gallons of water for Tusayan.