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This project is currently Under Development


Water / Wastewater


Whetstone , Arizona, USA

Projected Cost

$605,000.00 USD


Whetstone Water Improvement District



The Whetstone Water Improvement District (WWID) serves potable water to the small community of Whetstone, Arizona located approximately 25 miles north of the Mexico – United States border. WWID serves approximately 380 active customers. Homes in Whetstone currently operate on private septic systems. Those homes that are NOT connected to WWID’s water system use private wells which are often times located at unsafe distances to septic systems. A 2011 Cochise County survey of privately owned wells in the WWID service area west of State Road 90 found that 34 of the 36 surveyed private wells violated setback requirements. The WWID water system provides residents of Whetstone with a safer, regulated, alternative source for drinking water. WWID has had a good track record of water quality compliance, however, various components of the WWID system are aging and WWID needs to acquire funding for purpose of continuing to provide safe and reliable drinking water to the community. In 2012, in partnership with WWID, WestLand Resources Inc. (WestLand) produced a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) and Environmental Report (ER) in order to identify and prioritize the needs of this aging water system. Of the needs identified through the PER, WWID is currently pursuing BECC Community Assistance Program (CAP) funding for the construction of the new Well No. 3, for the construction of a new pipeline under State Road (SR) 90, and for upgrades to the electrical equipment at the existing water plants. The new Well No. 3 will provide redundant well capacity and replace capacity that has been declining over time in two existing wells due to sedimentation, casing damage, and other causes. The new pipeline under SR 90 will provide a redundant interconnection pipeline across the State Highway, as the current west-side customers are served by a single 3-inch line under the highway. The upgrades to the electrical equipment will bring aging and sometimes unsafe installations back up to current code.