Our top priority is providing clean, safe and reliable water service for our customers, now and in the future. And because CAGRD fees are based on groundwater used, we're doing several things now and over the next few years to help our customers and reduce the San Tan district's reliance on groundwater.
First, we're increasing the amount of water that we can return to the natural water cycle and the underground aquifer. To do this, we're expanding and building new water reclamation facilities. Our expansion of the Pecan Water Reclamation Facility is one example, and will be complete at the end of this month. The more water that we can return to the aquifer, the lower the CAGRD fee.
Second, we're working to identify additional water resources, which will further reduce the San Tan district's reliance on groundwater. We've requested that the CAGRD replenishment fee be changed to a Sustainable Water Supply mechanism that will provide flexibility to tap more water resources for you, and we have just this year secured and started receiving a new surface water allocation for the San Tan district.
We've been the legal owner of your water system for just over a year and we continue to address lingering issues from the past. Being your water provider is a big responsibility – we take it very seriously and we're focused on improving every aspect of your service.
You can read more about EPCOR's multi-faceted, long-term approach to water supply and conservation here.