Like virtually everything in the water world above, it is far from easy. Although cycling was discussed in the early 1980s (before CAP even provided a drop of water) and approved in 1988 in the Master Repayment Contract between the Central Arizona Water District (CAWCD) and the U.S. Bureau of Claims (BOR), water still has to pass through the CAP system. To implement water quality standards for the wheel, CAWCD and BOR have published a project for the “Water Quality Guidance for the Introduction of Non-Project Water Into the Central Arizona Project” for a period of 60 days. CAWCD will hold a stakeholder briefing on this document on Thursday, April 23 from 10:30 a.m.m to 11:30 a.m. To send questions before or during the meeting, email questions@cap-az.com. To provide written comments to CAWCD and BOR, e-mail WQGuidanceDoc@cap-az.com until June 25, 2020. As part of this system use agreement, CAWCD and ORO had to develop uniform water quality standards for non-projected water. To facilitate this task, a task force on water quality standards was created, which met from May 2017 to February 2019.

The task force benefited from significant contributions from a group of stakeholders, who were among the clients and stakeholders of a wide range of the CAP. These efforts have resulted in the adoption of a consensus proposal establishing rigorous water quality standards that largely protect the CAP`s water supply. Wheeling refers to the use of critical infrastructure – in our case, the Arizona Central Aqueduct Project (CAP) – to transport water that does not relate to the normal supply of CAP`s Colorado River, including groundwater. This water is called undated water. Wheeling includes the use of the CAP system for transporting and providing non-project water. Project Water is defined as the Colorado River water that is available to the CAP, as well as some Agua Fria flows recorded in Pleasant Lake. As a result, Non-Project Water includes any other water and may contain additional water from the Colorado River or imported groundwater.