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Forest Lakes Domestic Water Improvement District

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The Forest Lakes Domestic Water Improvement District (the District) was created under Arizona Revised Statutes Title 48 in 1992 by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. This transformed the District from an improvement district owned by the County and operated by the Forest Lakes Estates Homeownerís Association, to a political subdivision of Coconino County governed by an elected Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is comprised of five Members: Ben Purtymun Chairman, John McKnight Vice Chairman, Mary Hume Secretary, Karen Foncannon Treasurer and Paul Studer as Member at Large.

The Board of Directors meet at the Water District Office the third Thursday of each month at 11 A.M. with possible Work Sessions one-hour prior. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings. Please check the posting boards or call the District Office to find out if there will be a Work Session.

There are three full-time employees at the District. They are: Don Wilson, Operations Manager, Cheryl Kight, Administrative Assistant and Mike Mead, Water Maintenance Worker. Jan Davis serves as the part-time Clerk.

The Office hours for the district are 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.

Forest Lakes DWID
4 Merzville Road
P. O. Box 1776
Forest Lakes, AZ 85931-1776
E-mail: fldwid@frontiernet.net
Office: 928-545-5438
Fax: 928-535-5289

Please email any comments and/or concerns and we will respond.

The telephone number for the District office is 928-535-5438. In case of an after-hours emergency, call this number and follow the instructions contained on the message. DO NOT call individual Board Members, as this will simply delay response time.

Water District Five Year Plan

The Water District Board of Directors has developed a five-year plan that establishes the Mission, Vision and Values of the District, as well as specific goals and Objectives. 

Just a Little History

The Snow Well and the P. O. Well were drilled in 1972 for the Forest Lakes Domestic Water Improvement District (FLDWID). In 1982 the St. Joe Well was drilled. In 1984, as part of the Bond Issue, the St. Joe well house was built and the transmission main from the St. Joe Well to Forest Lakes was put in place. The Y2K Well was drilled in 2000 on U.S. Forest Service land in the St. Joe corridor.

In 2005 SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) was installed. SCADA is critical to the safe, reliable and efficient operation of potable water systems. It is used for monitoring and controlling remote equipment and resources to provide greater efficiency. It allows for lower operational costs and better use of human and financial resources as well as giving the District the ability to be proactive rater than reactive.


At the 2004 Technical Conference of the Arizona Small Utilities Association, attended by 132 agencies, a blind taste test was held of water samples brought by these agencies. At the conclusion of the testing Forest Lakes DWID received the Crystal Goblet Award as the best tasting water. FLDWID continued to receive this award for three years.

All members of the community are invited to visit the water district office to view these awards.

Water Tips
That Save Water

  • Do not apply water faster than the soil can absorb it.

  • Group plants on separate valves according to water needs. Irrigate trees and large shrubs for a longer time and less frequently than small, shallow rooted plants.

  • If dry areas appear between scheduled irrigations, do not turn on the valve/station, but hand water. The dry spot may be caused by an equipment failure, poor design, maintenance practices, soil conditions, or a plant that is in the wrong location. Usually, lack of water is not the problem.

  • If hand watering, use a nozzle with a gentle rain setting.

  • When watering by hose, use a kitchen timer as a reminder to turn off the water.

1,000 gallons of water can run through an outdoor hose in an hour! So, itís no wonder so much water is wasted outdoors.

Plants donít save
Proper maintenance and
Scheduling does!!!

Water is a limited resource. Use it wisely!!!

Wise Water Facts

When landscaping, use plants native to your area since they can normally survive on rainfall alone. Design your landscape with zones that group plants with similar water needs for easier and more efficient watering.

Outdoor Water Saving Tips

Hoses and Irrigation Systems:

Use a hose nozzle that can be shut off. To avoid leaks, shut off water at the house when finished.
Check irrigation systems for leaks. Repair, replace or adjust sprinkler heads as needed.

Lawn & Garden:

  • Water slowly and thoroughly when itís cool and not windy. Water as little as possible.

  • Let grass grow taller in hot weather. Use mulch in the garden and around shrubs to save moisture.

  • Plant native plants and shrubs that donít need a lot of water. Consider alternatives to big, thirsty lawns.

Signs of Overwatering:

  • Ponding or soil is constantly damp.

  • Leaves turn yellow or a lighter shade of green.

  • Young shoots are wilted.

  • Leaves are green yet brittle.

  • Algae and mushrooms are growing.

Signs of Under-watering:

  • Soil is dry.

  • Older leaves turn yellow or brown and drop off.

  • Leaves are wilted.

  • Leaves curl.


Revised: 02 Oct 2008