For some time now, the UUCP has been limping along on two rapidly deteriorating septic systems. Maintenance on these systems is increasingly challenging and we are reminded of our desire to reduce the environmental impact of our campus. The septic systems will require replacement in the not too distant future and we have a fantastic (and not necessarily open-ended) opportunity to tie-in to the Phoenix sewer system. The sewer requires a major excavation down to the Southeast corner of the UUCP property and we are negotiating with our neighbor on the temporary construction easement.
In the preparation of the UUCP Master Plan, a Waste Water System was researched into at length. With there not being access to an active sewer line in Lincoln Drive and wanting to avoid an alternative waste water system on-site, the consulting team confirmed with the City of Phoenix that it is possible to access an active sewer system in adjacent developments to the east. This approach is further reinforced, as the Town of Paradise Valley requires a minimum of 5 feet natural soil to accommodate the more conventional septic tank/leach field system, which does not exist with the caliche-like soils. Therefore the Town of Paradise Valley does not allow the septic tank/leach field system.
The Project will locate existing active sewer system and line, tap into this new waste system and abandon existing septic tanks and leach fields. The sewer will be routed diagonally from the building to the southeast corner of the property (see picture). It will then follow an easement south and then east along the south edge of parcel 16922101 to 42nd Street, where it meets the existing Phoenix sewer. We have the right to use the easement, but we need a temporary easement of the property during construction. Since the lot is vacant, we should have little issue with the owner. We are currently negotiating that temporary easement.