Goodyear Water Treatment Facility

City takes critical step in ensuring sustainable water future

To reduce its reliance on groundwater and provide a renewable surface water supply to support future development and economic growth, the City of Goodyear in Arizona embarked upon its largest ever infrastructure project, the $128.9 million, 8 million-gallon-per-day Goodyear Water Treatment Facility (WTF.) The facility and pipeline were delivered using a fast-track, integrated design-build-operate (DBO) approach. Located about 20 miles west of Phoenix, Goodyear’s population was roughly 18,000 two decades ago, but today has nearly 106,000 residents. City planners estimate the population will nearly double over the next decade driven by a strong job market, sunny climate and space to build. 

The DBO approach allowed the city to streamline the project timeline to facilitate timely completion of water treatment plant construction and commissioning. Jacobs is currently operating the WTF in close collaboration with Goodyear utility staff.

The new infrastructure had to be in place by December 2021 to meet state and development deadlines. With a tight schedule and limited budget, every minute and dollar counted, and rapid and transparent decisions and cost certainty were necessary.

From a technical perspective, the project consisted of new 8-mgd water treatment facility featuring sand-ballasted clarification, ozonation and deep-bed filtration; new raw water pump station to access SRP canal water; six miles of 24-inch raw water transmission pipeline; and two miles of 24-inch finished water transmission pipeline.

The Goodyear WTF was delivering water on December 14, 2021, so now the city and its communities have a more secure, resilient and renewable water future. This state-of-the-art facility has the ability to reach 16 mgd with a future expansion. In 2022, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recognized the project as a recipient of a National Design-Build Project/Team Award. It’s also been awarded the ACEC of Arizona Grand Award (2022) and the AZ Water Association’s Plant of the Year award for 2022 and the Water Treatment Project of the Year award for 2023.

“The DBO team and the city engaged at the highest levels of partnership and leadership to create an environment of teamwork, promoting collaborative partnerships with industry water professionals, regulatory agencies, stakeholders, and neighboring communities to get the job done. We are proud of our innovative partnerships and state-of-the-art technology to proactively ensure the city’s water future.”

Greg Fischer

Jacobs Vice President, Director Design Build

“We had to develop a solution that would bring surface water into the City and reduce our reliance on diminishing groundwater supplies. With Jacobs’ support, we were able to fast-track project delivery to meet our accelerated schedule and provide our customers with a sustainable and long-term water supply.”

Barbara Chappell

Water Services Director, City of Goodyear

Goodyear Water Treatment Facility by the numbers

  • 9 th

    fastest growing city in the U.S.

  • 8

    million gallons per day treatment capacity

  • 8

    miles of new raw and finished water pipeline

Goodyear Water Treatment Facility