From the Record of Decision on the Snowbowl improvements:
"The City of Flagstaff has agreed to provide the ski area with up to 1.5 million gallons per day
(gpd) of Class A+ reclaimed water from the Rio de Flag Water Reclamation Plant (WRP)
between November 1st and the end of February, . . . . Currently, reclaimed
water from the Rio de Flag Water Reclamation Plant is used to irrigate city parks, school
playgrounds, and golf courses during the summer, but goes unused throughout the winter, being
allowed to flow down the Rio de Flag channel. The Arizona Department of Environmental
Quality (ADEQ) allows reclaimed water with an “A” rating to be used for snowmaking
purposes. The reclaimed water produced by the Rio de Flag Water Reclamation Plant currently
exceeds this standard."
So, we're worried about making snow out of the same water that is being used to irrigate parks and school playgrounds? Class A+ reclaimed water? Anyone know why this concern is popping up now? I frankly don't know the first thing about Snowbowl or the proposed snowmaking (and any opposition thereto), but it appears the plan was approved in 2005. Is this system just going online this year or something?