Providing our customers with excellent service through responsible management of resources.
The Water Resources Department Provides a Precious Commodity
Buckeye’s Water Resources works around the clock to ensure you have safe, reliable drinking water whenever you need it, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. We rely almost entirely on groundwater for our water sources, which makes us unique compared to other cities in the metro area.
Buckeye’s water sources
- Groundwater (98%)
- Central Arizona Project (2%)
- Treated effluent (irrigation use only)
- Buckeye Water Conservation District (irrigation use only)
- Roosevelt Irrigation District (irrigation use only)
Pumping groundwater from nearby wells requires a different type of infrastructure compared to cities who may have surface water as part of their water sources portfolio.
Groundwater in the southwest Valley (especially southern Buckeye) contains high Total Dissolved Solids concentrations (naturally occurring minerals typically consisting of calcium, magnesium and sodium), making the water brackish, or high in salt content, and not very aesthetically (smell, taste, hardness) pleasing. It can also corrode your home’s pipes and fixtures quickly too.
So, even though our drinking water is high in salt content, it still meets or surpasses all standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Since Buckeye relies mainly on groundwater, removing the high Total Dissolved Solids concentrations from your drinking water is one of our biggest challenges. New technology can reduce the salinity in the water, but it requires new and expensive equipment to do it.