The Town of Queen Creek Water Division currently provides irrigation to approximately 500 residential customers year round as well as to most local schools and contractors. The division provides irrigation twice monthly during summer months and once monthly during winter months.
Effective July 1, 2010 the Town Council approved new rates for water services. The new irrigation rate is $0.60 per 1,000 gallons. In addition, depending on location, there might be an $10 open and close valve fee. Sales tax of 8.55 percent and a water user tax of 0.0065 percent apply to all areas.
Before you irrigate, it is important to perform the following steps to help you best utilize the irrigation you receive.
- Laser level the area to be irrigated.
- Mow grass before irrigation delivery.
- Check berms to ensure you won’t lose any water; an unsecured berm will allow water to escape. Property owners are responsible for keeping water contained in their yard.
- Make sure animals, vehicles and other precious items are out of harm’s way.
- Remove all debris from the area to be irrigated that may clog gates, trenches or valves.
- Do not order more water than your bermed area will hold.
- Check for gopher holes. Water that escapes through a gopher hole could show up in an area you did not intend to irrigate. Items in that unintended area could get harmed or destroyed.
- In areas where the irrigation department opens and closes valves on your property, access to your property on the specified irrigation day is critical. Should access be unavailable, water cannot be delivered. Irrigation charges will still apply.
For your consideration:
Irrigation is not a guaranteed process. For most of our users, water is ordered in advance from the Central Arizona Project (CAP) and delivered to us by the Queen Creek Irrigation District (QCID). From time to time, CAP, QCID or Town-owned irrigation wells are unable to deliver irrigation water due to necessary repairs. It can take weeks for the appropriate repairs to be completed. Therefore, we recommend installing a sprinkler system to cover those times when flood irrigation is unavailable.