COOLIDGE — Following the approval of a license agreement during Monday’s City Council meeting, Global Water will be partnering with the city of Coolidge to provide water services to incoming developments.
Global Water Resources owns and operates multiple water, wastewater and recycled water utilities around Arizona. GWR is the fourth largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility in Arizona, owning 12 utilities in the Metro Phoenix area. However, the company is best known as the main water utility in the city of Maricopa.
The license agreement will enable Global Water to provide water and wastewater services to city planning areas located south of State Route 287. Among the projects to be built within the planning area is Nikola Motor Company’s manufacturing facility, which is to be constructed on land acquired along Houser and Vail roads.
Services will be provided through a branch of the water enterprise known as Picacho Cove Utilities Company LLC. Other projects that would rely on the utility to provide water services include a workforce housing development and other anticipated developments located at or around Pinal Land Holdings' Inland Port Arizona.
“We know that with Nikola Motor Company, their intentions all along have been to begin construction on their facility as soon as early next year,” City Manager Rick Miller said. “We know we’re not in a position as a city to provide these services anytime soon that far away from our current infrastructure.”
Under the agreement, the utility company is required to pay a fee to the city of Coolidge that is equal to 3% of gross revenue accrued through commercial, residential and industrial use of the services. In addition, the agreement outlines that the city is not responsible for costs of infrastructure.
The license also says that the utility is required to maintain compliance with Environmental Protection Agency and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality water standards. Once GWR reaches a minimum of 500 residential customers within the area, the agreement indicates that GWR must also open a customer service office within the designated area to maintain “good customer relations.”
According to Global Water President and CEO Ron Fleming, the Picacho Cove water reclamation facility will likely be similar to the facility located in Maricopa.
While GWR has acquired a series of utilities around the state, the most recent being Red Rock Utilities, Fleming noted that the company specializes in building utilities from the ground up, which is what GWR plans to do for the Picacho Cove project.
“In every aspect we think about water as one continuous cycle, not different resources,” Fleming said. “Through the whole process we are thinking about how to best conserve water and operate utilities in the most efficient way from an economics perspective. So that’s the type of utility that we will start down in the region for Nikola and Pinal Land Holdings.”