In October 2010, City Council met for a study session to hear a staff presentation regarding the City of Fountain Hills’ stormwater harvesting system. Due to the desert environment, the drainage system was somewhat underutilized and easily clogged with debris, creating potential flooding in the event of rain.
At that time, the city was spending $360,000 each year to meet state and federal mandates related to stormwater quality and public health and safety issues. Funds were spent on street sweeping, car wash maintenance, public education and permit fees. It was not the first time that the council had considered the challenge of meeting these costs.