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Desert Mountain Park

Aqua Engineering was an integral part of the design-build team on this project. One of the key goals at Desert Mountain Park located in Queen Creek, AZ was to provide a creative and efficient irrigation system using an untreated irrigation canal water source. Working within the project’s programming requirements, landscape design, and space constraints, Aqua Engineering designed an underground storage reservoir system constructed from a grid of 60-inch diameter HDPE pipes buried under the park’s two soccer fields. Untreated irrigation water from Queen Creek Irrigation District is delivered to the site from an adjacent canal using a turn-out gate and gravity-fed piping infrastructure system developed by the district and the project team. A two-day peak season irrigation water supply of more than 400,000 gallons is stored within the HDPE pipes.

Water quality within the underground storage facility is maintained using an aeration system specified by our engineers. From the storage system, the water is piped into a wet well where it is filtered and pumped into the park’s irrigation system using a VFD pumping system with automatic filtration. This innovative system allows the Town to use lower cost untreated canal water for the park’s irrigation system and conserve the potable drinking water supply.

Through the design-build alternative project delivery process, Aqua Engineering participated in community workshops and presentations.