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Cultural Demand in the Agua Fria Basin

Cultural water demand data including population, number of wells and the average well pumpage and surface water diversions by the municipal, industrial and agricultural sectors are shown in Table 5.1-8.  Effluent generation including facility ownership, location, population served and not served, volume treated, disposal method and treatment level is shown in Table 5.1-9.  Figure 5.1-11 shows the location of demand centers.  A description of cultural water demand data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  More detailed information on cultural water demands is found in Section 5.0.7For information on gpcd and annual water demand by individual community water systems in this basin see ADWR's Community Water System Program annual water use reporting summary.

Cultural Water Demands

  • Refer to Table 5.1-8 and Figure 5.1-11.
  • Population in this basin increased from 2,839 people in 1980 to 8,210 in 2000.   

  • There are no reported surface water diversions in this basin.  Groundwater use has increased since 1971, with an average of 2,000 AFA from 1971-1975 and an average of 3,300 AFA during 2001-2005. The highest average annual groundwater use, 5,000 AFA, occurred during 1981-1985.

  • Municipal groundwater demand increased from an average of 1,100 AFA in 1991-1995 to an average of 1,800 AFA in 2001-2005.

  • Agricultural demand has increased slightly from an average of 1,300 AFA in 1991-1995 to an average of 1,500 AFA in 2001-2005.

  • Most municipal demand is found in the vicinity of Black Canyon City, Cordes Junction and Mayer.

  • There are numerous small agricultural demand areas north and east of Cordes Junction.

  • The basin contains two small mines or quarries; one northwest of Mayer and the other northeast of Castle Hot Springs.  Water demands are unknown for these quarries.

  • As of 2005 there were 1,776 registered wells with a pumping capacity of less than or equal to 35 gpm and 310 wells with a pumping capacity of more than 35 gpm.

Effluent Generation

  • Refer to Table 5.1-9.
  • There are four identified wastewater treatment facilities in this basin. 

  • Information on population served, effluent generation and disposal was available for two facilities.  These facilities serve over 300 people and generate 27 acre-feet of effluent per year. 

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Cultural Water Demand


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