Cleanup of the Cave Creek Landfill site has been approved by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and it is underway.
Please read the fact sheet (PDF) Opens a New Window. and the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) (PDF) Opens a New Window. document if you would like more information than what is provided in the "Background" and "Plan Phases" sections below.
The groundwater is not a drinking water source, but the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) (PDF) Opens a New Window. can give you more detail as to why Maricopa County and the state feels it is important to clean the site. The county has been monitoring the site since the late 90s for a common solvent often dumped in older landfills, known as TCE. We have detected vapors in the soil and in the groundwater 600 feet below the ground surface. This groundwater is not currently used a drinking source, but we want to protect it for future use. The contaminated area is spreading south from the old landfill at approximately 6 inches per year.
The approved Remedial Action Plan has led the county to drill wells in strategic areas around the landfill. Some of these are for monitoring water quality while others will pull contaminated water to the surface where it will be filtered and cleaned in a Groundwater Treatment System.
The well planned for 4050 E Sleepy Ranch Rd in early 2020 is an injection well. Water cleaned in the Groundwater Treatment System will be piped to the injection well site and pumped deep below the surface to return clean water to the aquifer and slow the migration of contaminated water towards water supply wells.
It is important to understand this is a long-term project. Please see phase details for more information.
Expected Construction Time: May through August, 2019
A truck-mounted drilling rig will drill, develop, and test the well. At the well site property, the drilling company will construct a 24-foot noise barrier panel system (see picture 1) to completely surround the drilling area and reduce noise and light pollution as much as possible. The drilling portion of this phase will last 3 to 4 weeks, 24 hours per day. After drilling is completed, work on the well will occur mostly during daylight hours. This work will include pumping the well for hydrogeologic testing. A temporary pipeline will be run from the well site to a wash on the Sonoran Preserve for this purpose.
(Conceptual rendering of wall and access gate on injection well property.)
(Typical noise barrier system surrounding drill site.)
Expected ConstructionTime: September 2019
A sub-grade, 8-inch diameter pipe will be installed from the off-site Groundwater Treatment System to the injection well in your neighborhood. Access to your property will be maintained. The construction will only take place during the day, but there may be times when traffic flow is interrupted. The crews will take all necessary safety precautions to cover trenches and direct traffic.
(Typical well site during well installation.)
Expected Construction Time: Fall 2019
Wall construction begins. Every effort will be made to restrict equipment and parking to the property. This wall was originally planned to be built first but will now be built after Phase 2 is complete.
(Planned injection well site layout.)
Expected Construction Time: Early 2020
Construction at the well site begins. A permanent pump will be installed along with mechanical and electrical components. This will take a small number of people and every effort will be made to keep activities within the property walls.
(Typical wellhead piping at an injection well site.)
- Additional Site Characterization Work Plan Cave Creek Landfill (PDF)
- Cave Creek Consent Order 2010 (PDF)
- Cave Creek Landfill Groundwater Investigation Presentation (PDF)
- Cave Creek Landfill Monitor Well Completion Report 2008 (PDF)
- Cave Creek Landfill Surrounding Property Owners
- Groundwater Work Plan Addendum 2009 (PDF)
- Soil Vapor Report 2005 (PDF)
- Soil Vapor Survey 2005 (PDF)
Please send an email with any additional questions.