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Cave Creek Water System

Drinking water for the Cave Creek Water System begins its jouney at the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal at Deer Valley Road in Phoenix. Water is withdrawn from the canal and pumped nearly 15 miles through a series of large pipes and booster pumps to our Water Treatment Plant on Basin Road. At this location, the water is filtered and treated to meet stringent EPA Drinking Water Standards.

Water samples are gathered on a regular basis and tested by an EPA certified analytical laboratory to ensure that the system is providing the highest quality water possible. Well water is not used in the Cave Creek system due to high levels of arsenic naturally occurring in the rocks and soils of the Cave Creek area. Below is a map of the water distribution system and a schematic of how water is distributed throughout Cave Creek and portions of Carefree.
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Diagram of the water distribution system in Cave Creek   Schematic diagram of the water distribution system in Cave Creek

Because the terrain in Cave Creek is quite diverse, getting water to some homes at higher elevations requires the use of "booster pumps". As you can see on the diagram above, there are 11 booster pumps in the Cave Creek system (not counting the 3 pumps used to bring water from the CAP canal to the water treatment plant). The Town also has connections to the Carefree Water system and can move water to and from Carefree's system depending upon which system's demands require additional water resources.