This rendering of the upcoming Payette River Sports Complex shows its proximity to the Fruitland Water Treatment Plant. As a cost-saving measure, the City Council voted to supply irrigation water from the city’s water treatment facility to the complex, using a series of shutoff and backflow prevention devices.

FRUITLAND - While the City of Fruitland wasn’t able to get the most recent Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant to build its forthcoming Payette River Sports Complex, it is working within its own budget to make it happen in phases. The subject of how to keep its turf irrigated came up at the city’s Jan. 27 City Council meeting.

After an evaluation of possible options was performed, the Council was provided three options for irrigation in a report by Kasey Ketterling of T-O Engineers of Meridian.

Option one would supply water from the city’s water treatment facility, using a series of shutoff and backflow prevention devices.

Option two would pull water from an irrigation canal, using a package pump station and sedimentation well to be pumped on demand.

Option three would bring in water from the water treatment plant’s clean lagoon pons, using a package pump station to be pumped on demand.

Each option’s initial cost estimate varies widely; option one was $1,000; option two was $89,375; and option three was $83,125.

Options two and three would likely result in annual parts and maintenance costs of $3,400 and $2,540 respectively, according to the report. Without a package pump to maintain, option one would generate no such costs.

The report also notes that Fruitland’s potable water supply is currently capable of providing 12.45 million gallons annually.

T-O Engineers recommended the first option, as it has a low initial cost that allows the city to expand by connecting to a separate irrigation system at a future date.

Councilor Ed Pierson made the motion to go with option one, with Councilor Stuart Grimes seconding. The vote to approve the option was unanimous.

According to Public Works Director Jerry Campbell, the decision to choose this option means the city can give taxpayers more bang for their buck.

“To avoid the large upfront capital expense of constructing an irrigation pumping station,” is what Campbell cited via email on Jan. 28. “The money saved by not building the pump station can be used to purchase and install permanent restrooms.”

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