briefs

Work begins on Peoria Avenue 

Crews began work on Peoria Avenue, between the Loop 101 to 99th Avenue, due to an asphalt overlay project.

Asphalt removal and paving stages started on Sept. 13. 

Peoria Avenue will remain open for travel; however, there will be multiple lane and left turn restrictions. Access to side streets and driveways will be maintained where possible; however, as work crosses side streets and driveways, there will be brief restrictions. All asphalt overlay efforts on Peoria Avenue are slated for completion in mid-October. For project and schedule updates, visit peoriaaz.gov/

streetmaintenance. For project questions, contact the 24-hour project hotline at 602-532-6250. 

 

September is National

Preparedness Month 

National Preparedness Month is September. This is to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” Throughout the month, Peoria residents are encouraged to make a plan, build a kit, safeguard important documents and teach youth about preparedness. For more information and preparedness tips, visit ready.gov/

september.  

 

Help the city define new

district boundaries

Peoria has started the federally mandated redistricting process to redraw district boundaries. Peoria must submit the proposed city council district boundaries by the end of 2021. New city council district boundaries will be in effect for the August and November 2022 elections. Although the delay in census data reporting will shorten the timeframe for the redistricting process this year, Peoria residents will have many opportunities to participate in the process. Beginning in October, there will be in-person and virtual open house events to learn about the redistricting requirements and the online mapping software that will be used to help rebalance the city council districts.   

•5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11

Copper Hills Church, 27035 Black Rock Boulevard.

 

•5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12

Rio Vista Recreation Center, 

8866 W. Thunderbird Road.

 

•5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13

Peoria Community Center, 

8335 W. Jefferson Street   

 

•10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 14

Pop-Up Peoria, located at 9828 W. Northern Avenue, Suite 1750

(a virtual link will be available at peoriaaz.gov/redistricting).

 

•5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15

Copper Hills Church, 27035 Black Rock Boulevard

 

•5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16

Rio Vista Recreation Center, 

8866 W. Thunderbird Road   

 

•5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17

Peoria Community Center, 

8335 W. Jefferson Street   

 

•10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 18

Pop-Up Peoria, 9828 W. Northern Avenue, Suite 1750 (a virtual link will be available at peoriaaz.gov/redistricting).  

For information on redistricting, including upcoming public meetings, visit peoriaaz.gov/redistricting. 

Shortage on the Colorado isn’t a shortage at the tap

Following the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s declaration of a Tier 1 Colorado River water shortage in August, it is important that residents have the facts. 

Peoria’s water supply is not impacted in these early stages. Peoria has prepared for drought conditions in Arizona for many years and has plans in place if the shortage levels on the Colorado River continue to worsen. In fact, only 34% of Peoria’s water supply is directly from the Colorado River and Central Arizona Project (CAP) Canal. 

Also, the city only uses 61% of the available CAP supply, and the rest is stored underground for later use. To date, Peoria has stored more than 180,000 acre-feet of water underground. An acre-foot of water serves an average of three homes per year, and the amount that Peoria has banked for our community is approximately five years of Peoria’s total water demand. To learn about Peoria’s preparedness and robust water supply, visit

peoriaaz.gov/droughtready. Also, Peoria offers sustainable workshops, rebates and more to help residents reduce their water use. Learn more at peoriaaz.gov/preserveconserve.