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Project Name: White Tanks FRS No. 4 Rehabilitation


Project Manager: Dave Degerness
Contact by phone at (602) 506-4730 or by email

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Project Type: Engineering/Design

Project Description:

The Flood Control District of Maricopa County (District), in conjunction with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) completed the rehabilitation of the White Tanks Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) No.4 in 2017. This extended its useful life and will maintain the flood control benefits to downstream property owners. The modified structure will provide a minimum of 100-year flood protection.

Phase 1 of the project replaced the existing central filter with an engineered filter meeting current design standards. A central filter is essentially a zone of sand material built into the dam in order to prevent the dam from failing due to embankment cracking.

Phase 2 of the project extended the dam embankment to the north across Roosevelt Street to close off the left emergency spillway from operation. The right emergency was widened to accommodate the loss of the left emergency spillway. A west dam extension was also constructed to contain the flood pool on the west side of the structure. The flood pool was graded to remove the ADOT borrow pit and will allow for positive drainage of the impoundment area. Two existing corrugated metal pipe (CMP) outlets were removed or abandoned and a new Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)-specification concrete riser was constructed at the southeast corner of the dam. Two embankment repair sections were constructed and the height of the dam was also increased for dam safety purposes.

The rehabilitated White Tanks FRS No.4 will meet or exceed all dam safety requirements for the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), the regulating agency for the design project.

Last Updated: 8/16/2023 2:58:46 PM

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