Aerial of Fulton Ranch

Chandler delivers an average of 59 million gallons per day of high-quality drinking water to our residents, businesses, and industrial customers and meets or exceeds all health and safety standards set by local, state, and federal regulators. 

Chandler’s water and wastewater rates are among the lowest of all major Valley cities. Our water and wastewater operations are accredited by the American Public Works Association, the toughest accreditation to achieve in the public works industry.

Chandler actively promotes water conservation using a combination of tiered rates, rebate incentives, free water-wise site visits, commercial water audits, education programs, ordinances, and water recycling/reuse. As a result, the average Chandler household is using 20% less water today than it did 25 years ago.

The city has secured a diverse water supply to reduce reliance on any individual water source. Chandler’s drinking water supplies primarily come from the Salt, Verde and Colorado Rivers. However, the city also has several decades of water stored underground which can be recovered during a surface water shortage. The city owns and operates the Pecos Water Treatment Plant and approximately 32 groundwater wells. Chandler also jointly owns the Santan Vista Water Treatment Plant operated by the Town of Gilbert

Chandler performs daily water quality testing to ensure water deliveries meet public health and safety standards. Federal law requires that water providers publish an annual report, the Consumer Confidence Report. This water quality report includes valuable information about Chandler’s drinking water sources and water quality.

Chandler owns and operates three water reclamation facilities that treat wastewater to Class A standards and provide reclaimed water for direct use and aquifer recharge. We’ve developed a state-of-the-art reclaimed water distribution system that is making good use of this important resource. Reclaimed water deliveries allow Chandler to stretch our drinking water supplies for future use. 

Chandler also has constructed recharge basins and recharge injection wells to replenish groundwater pumped during peak demand. The city’s Pretreatment Program  works with local businesses and manufacturing facilities to reduce discharges of pollutants into the municipal sewer system.

Chandler was the first city in Arizona to receive accreditation of its Public Works and Utilities Department by the American Public Works Association, the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world, with 63 chapters located throughout North America. Chandler participates in regional water planning as an active member of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association and regularly meets with the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Central Arizona Project, Salt River Project and individual cities to discuss water supply, water sustainability and water management issues.

Producing quality drinking water is a full-time operation. Here's a glimpse of the 'night shift" at Chandler's water treatment plant.