Your Water District
The Forest Lakes Domestic Water
Improvement District (the District) was created under Arizona Revised
Statutes Title 48 in 1992 by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.
This transformed the District from an improvement district owned by the
County and operated by the Forest Lakes Estates Homeownerís Association,
to a political subdivision of Coconino County governed by an elected
Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors is comprised of
five Members: Ben Purtymun Chairman, John McKnight Vice Chairman, Mary Hume Secretary, Karen Foncannon Treasurer and Paul Studer as Member at Large.
The Board of Directors meet at the Water District Office the third
Thursday of each month at 11 A.M. with possible Work Sessions one-hour
prior. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.
Please check the posting boards or call the District Office to find out
if there will be a Work Session.
There are three full-time employees at the District. They are: Don
Wilson, Operations Manager, Cheryl Kight, Administrative Assistant and
Mike Mead, Water Maintenance Worker. Jan Davis serves as the part-time
The Office hours for the district are 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., Monday
Forest Lakes DWID
4 Merzville Road
P. O. Box 1776
Forest Lakes, AZ 85931-1776
Please email any comments and/or
concerns and we will respond.
The telephone number for the District office is 928-535-5438. In
case of an after-hours emergency, call this number and follow the
instructions contained on the message. DO NOT call individual
Board Members, as this will simply delay response time.
Water District Five Year Plan
The Water District Board of Directors has developed a
five-year plan that establishes the Mission, Vision and Values of the District, as well as specific goals and Objectives.
Just a Little History
The Snow Well and the P.
O. Well were drilled in 1972 for the Forest Lakes Domestic Water
Improvement District (FLDWID). In 1982 the St. Joe Well was drilled. In
1984, as part of the Bond Issue, the St. Joe well house was built and
the transmission main from the St. Joe Well to Forest Lakes was put in
place. The Y2K Well was drilled in 2000 on U.S. Forest Service land in
the St. Joe corridor.
In 2005 SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) was installed.
SCADA is critical to the safe, reliable and efficient operation of
potable water systems. It is used for monitoring and controlling remote
equipment and resources to provide greater efficiency. It allows for
lower operational costs and better use of human and financial resources
as well as giving the District the ability to be proactive rater than
BEST TASTING WATER IN
At the 2004 Technical
Conference of the Arizona Small Utilities Association, attended by 132
agencies, a blind taste test was held of water samples brought by these
agencies. At the conclusion of the testing Forest Lakes DWID received the
Crystal Goblet Award as the best tasting water. FLDWID continued
to receive this award for three years.
All members of the community are invited to visit the water district office
to view these awards.
That Save Water
Do not apply water faster than
the soil can absorb it.
Group plants on separate
valves according to water needs. Irrigate trees and large shrubs for a
longer time and less frequently than small, shallow rooted plants.
If dry areas appear between
scheduled irrigations, do not turn on the valve/station, but hand water. The
dry spot may be caused by an equipment failure, poor design, maintenance
practices, soil conditions, or a plant that is in the wrong location.
Usually, lack of water is not the problem.
If hand watering, use a nozzle
with a gentle rain setting.
When watering by hose, use a
kitchen timer as a reminder to turn off the water.
1,000 gallons of water can run
through an outdoor hose in an hour! So, itís no wonder so much water is wasted
Plants donít save
Proper maintenance and
Water is a limited
resource. Use it wisely!!!
Wise Water Facts
When landscaping, use plants native to your
area since they can normally survive on rainfall alone. Design your landscape
with zones that group plants with similar water needs for easier and more
Outdoor Water Saving Tips
Hoses and Irrigation Systems:
Use a hose nozzle that can be shut
off. To avoid leaks, shut off water at the house when finished.
Check irrigation systems for leaks. Repair, replace or adjust sprinkler heads as
Lawn & Garden:
Water slowly and thoroughly
when itís cool and not windy. Water as little as possible.
Let grass grow taller in hot
weather. Use mulch in the garden and around shrubs to save moisture.
Plant native plants and shrubs
that donít need a lot of water. Consider alternatives to big, thirsty lawns.
Signs of Overwatering:
Ponding or soil is constantly
Leaves turn yellow or a
lighter shade of green.
Young shoots are wilted.
Leaves are green yet brittle.
Algae and mushrooms are
Signs of Under-watering: