By Christopher Little, Trihedral Engineering Limited
Imagine a quiet ranch in the middle of Arizona, complete with cactus, tumbleweeds, and very little water. Now imagine twelve thousand people, a thriving suburban community, four golf courses with lush, green grass, and the same small amount of water. This was the situation in which Fountain Hills, Arizona found itself in 1995, when it became the newest destination for those seeking winter warmth. As one of the fastest growing areas in the US, the need for municipal services was growing at an astronomical rate, yet the amount of clean water available to the desert community was not. How could the town manage to feed its increasing thirst for water?