Remediation Activities


Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE)


Soil vapor extraction, or “SVE,” extracts (removes) contaminant vapors (VOCs or volatile organic compounds) from below ground for treatment above ground. Vapors are the gases that form when chemicals evaporate. SVE extracts vapors from the soil above the water table by applying a vacuum to pull the vapors out. The air is then filtered through a series of filtration tanks before being discharged. Discharged air meets all applicable air quality standards.

Since full scale start up in September of 2015, the SVE has extracted approximately 47,964 pounds of VOCs.  Monitoring indicates an overall decrease in TCE concentrations at all soil vapor depths.

Groundwater Treatment System (GWTS)

STATUS AS OF 8/15/2022 - UNDER CONSTRUCTION (see each phase for details)

Phase I - Groundwater Treatment Facility (complete)

The Groundwater Treatment Facility is complete. Because the GWTS Phase 3 infrastructure is still in the process of being constructed, the treatment facility is not operating at this time. As of 9/1/2021, this facility was complete and ready for operation once the other phases are complete.

Phase II - Conveyance Pipeline (complete)

Construction is complete. The sub-grade, 8-inch diameter pipe has been installed from the Groundwater Treatment Facility (on the landfill property) to the injection well located on City of Phoenix property at 4050 E Sleepy Ranch Road.


Phase III - Injection Well (under construction)

There are three sub-phases to Phase III

Phase III, Sub-phase A (complete) is the well itself. The well has been drilled and developed to a depth of 1,600 feet below surface level. Once the entire system is complete, clean water will be injected into the groundwater at a depth of greater than 1,000 feet below surface level. The pump will be submerged in the well approximately 1,000 feet below the surface.

Phase III, Sub-phase B (under construction) is the well security and screening. Neighbors around the 4050 E Sleepy Ranch Road well site have worked with the County to ensure a decorative wall and landscaping. Site components will be kept below the wall height. The injection pump will be a submergible pump installed some 1,000 feet below the surface. (Note: picture is a rendering only and is not intended to show detailed features.)

Construction of the wall is complete and planting of trees and shrubs on three sides is complete. The last of the landscaping will be restored once the final utility work has also been completed. Estimated for October 2022


Phase III, Sub-phase C (under construction) is the equipment necessary for the injection process. It includes a submergible pump, an electrical vault, a partially underground tank, and piping. Some components must be custom designed and built to keep the equipment profile below the screening wall height. In an effort to minimize the impact to the residents, the electrical service will be bored rather than be installed using an open trench. The wellhead vault has been delivered and will be installed beginning in late April or early May. See Well Site at 4050 E Sleepy Ranch Road drawing in the "Maps and Images" tab or click the image to the right.

Supply delays and construction delays continue to pose problems and have pushed the anticipated completion of Phase III into October of 2022

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New Well Installations - Summer 2022 (Fiscal Year 23)


Monitoring Well (MW) 15

MW-15 will be installed on the Dove Valley Golf Course property, East of the landfill. This well is being installed in an area that is believed to be outside of the groundwater plume (i.e. below the maximum contamination level of 5 micrograms per liter) and will serve as a "sentinel" to allow better tracking and modeling as the County steps up remediation activities. See New Well Construction - 2022 map in the "Maps and Images" tab or click the image to the right.

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