Ash Fork, Seligman and Northern Arizona
Sharlene Barnett
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Ash Fork – Flagstone Capital of Arizona


Ash Fork can now say that they are the Flagstone Capital of Arizona.


During this 2014 Arizona Legislative Session and being petitioned by Ash Fork Development Association and Ash Fork Historical Society, House Resolution 2001 names Ash Fork the “Flagstone Capital of Arizona.”


Thanks go out to Rep. Andy Tobin who sponsored the resolution and Marshall Trimble for being our spokesman and testifying in favor of the resolution since he grew up here.


Copied from Ash Fork Development Association, Inc. Newsletter April/May 2014.  Volume 17 Issue 4, Carol Popp Editor.


Water in Ash Fork

by Lewis Hume, Manager, Ash Fork Water Service


Let me take this time to address the recent inquiries we received regarding our water situation and outlook.  It appears that most of these concerns were in relation to Williams News article and Williams “WATER CRISIS” , (


Ash Fork maintains two-ground water wells that draw water from a regional aquifer comprised of the Tapeats Sandstone and in some cases the Martin Limestone.  This water bearing strata is 960’ to 1270’ below land surface.


When Ash Fork #1 well was completed and brought on line in 1975, static water level was 997’+ below land surface.  All measurements from 1996 to present have shown static water levels in the 998’ to 999’ level.  Our most recent measurement on 5/2013 showed a level of 999.2’.  Static water level is a good indicator of aquifer condition.  This data represents an aquifer in a safe yield condition.  Aquifer recharge is equal to or greater than its demand or use.


Historically, in both 2007 and 2008 Ash Fork wells produced near 45 million gallons (MG).  In 2013 Ash Fork wells produced 35-MG.  We anticipate in 2014 to pump 37 MG.


In comparison, water level declines in the Flagstaff region are as much as 200’ in areas affected by groundwater pumping.


Ash Fork and Williams primary water supply are distinctly different.  While Ash Fork is supplied solely by groundwater wells, Williams water supply is primarily from surface water, like Dog Town, Kaibab Lake, Etc.  These reservoirs are dependent primarily on snow pack run off to recharge their basin.  Williams does have the ability to use ground water wells during shortfalls to the surface water system, but these groundwater wells have a production cap in place and pumping water from 30000’ to 4000’ in depth is very expensive.


Where does our water come from?


Hydrology on the Coconino Plateau at the very basic level.


On the Coconino Plateau 2-major aquifers (and 1-sub-aquifer) have been identified:  C-Aquifer the Redwall-Muav Aquifer and a sub-aquifer Tapeats Aquifer.  The C-Aquifer is located primarily in the Flagstaff region.  Flagstaff has groundwater wells in the C-Aquifer and its saturated thickness is 600’ to 2200’ below land surface.


The Redwall-Muav Aquifer supplies most of the springs found in and around the Grand Canyon area.  The Williams area ground water wells are drawing upon the Redwall-Muav aquifer.  The Redwall-Muav aquifer is located beneath the C-Aquifer and continues westerly to near the edge of the Plateau.  On a northeast-southwest trend through the Plateau the C-Aquifer becomes dewatered as groundwater migrates vertically through faults and fractures in the underlying Redwall-Muav Aquifer.


Sub-Aquifer Tapeats Aquifer


While an extensive USGS Study (where this information has been drawn) has been completed on the two previously mentioned aquifers.  The Tapeats Aquifer has had little study.


One study groups together the Tapeats and Redwall-Muav Aquifer while others contend it is isolated by distinct boundaries.  Either way more study should prove helpful.


What they do agree on gives further value to the hydro geologic study that was completed for Ash Fork in 1966 when decisions were being made on how and where to get water here.


This initial report indicates, and the most recent study agrees, that groundwater movement in the Tapeats Aquifer is in an easterly direction and discharges near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers at Blue Spring.  Some who have been there describe beautiful Travertine pools of light blue water, due to the calcium concentrations.  Let’s go!


Recharge to the Tapeats Aquifer occurs through leaching in confined basin areas near the Mt. Floyd region and runoff leaching through faults and fractures in the land surface.


The Tapeats Sandstone is a medium-grained to very coarse-grained cross beaded sandstone, typically found to be cemented with silica.  Water has been found in the Tapeats Sandstone in our wells (AF#1 and AF#2) and those found in Seligman west to Peach Springs Area.


Ash Fork Water Service is currently preparing to do an interior inspection on Storage Tank #2.  Tank #2 was coated in and out in 2004, with an 11-month coating inspection in 2005.


Procedure:  The tank will be drawn down as low as practical, isolated from the system, and drained, then opened up where a visual inspection of the coating and structural components will be completed.  Any coating failures on the floor and 8 feet up inside will be repaired.  Tank sediment and debris will be removed, sides will be pressure washed if needed, tank will be disinfected, refilled, tested and brought back on-line.


The customer may notice some stained water as a result of turning valves to isolate Tank #2 from the system.  Although you may choose not to drink water stained like this because of its appearance.  This water, although discolored, is safe to drink.  We have already started to draw down Tank #2 and will start in the interior clean-our inspection on March 31, 2014.  We anticipate having Storage Tank #2 back on-line by April 4th.
Copied from Ash Fork Development Association, Inc. April/May 2014.  Volume 17 Issue 4, Carol Popp Editor.

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Sharlene Barnett

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Country Life Realty

PO Box 967 Ash Fork, AZ 86320


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