By Sedona City Councilor Dan McIlroy
Sedona AZ (August 29, 2013) – The waste water plant is an Enterprise Fund, which means it is supposed to charge what it costs to operate. This has not been the case for many years. How did we get to this point and what is being done to address the issue?
Around 1984, a study was conducted by what is now the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) regarding individual septic systems in the Sedona area. According to that study, over half of the septic systems in the Sedona area were non-compliant with applicable regulations. Also in 1984, an Environmental Assessment was conducted with regard to effluent disposal plans proposed by the Sedona Sanitary District, which had been formed in 1982. The report concluded that “on-site septic systems using leach fields in shallow soils were a threat to the environment since nutrient rich septic tank effluent would flow on top the underlying rock down gradient to Oak Creek.” It appears that these findings prompted ADEQ to require improvement of the Sedona area wastewater system. In 1985, an unsuccessful attempt was made to incorporate the Sedona and Village of Oak Creek to manage this issue. It failed, but in 1987, incorporation of Sedona was approved. The Sedona Sanitary District was disbanded and the City took on management of the wastewater system. Read More→