FAQs - Lakes

Q: Where does the water for the lakes come from?
A: The lakes are filled with Class 1 effluent water supplied by the City of Glendale. Arrowhead Amenities is the corporation that contracts directly with the City for the effluent water supply.  We are a member association for Arrowhead Amenities.  Arrowhead Amenities manages the water supply and maintains the major supply pumping equipment, billing back the member associations for these services.  Under our agreement with Arrowhead Amenities, we are required to take, store and use effluent water.
Our streets also drain into our lakes so stormwater run off also goes into our lakes.  That includes any fertilizer, oil, etc. that makes its way to the storm drain inlets.

Q:  Why shouldn't the lots backing up to the lakes not accessable to other Members pay higher assessments to maintain "their" lakes?
A:  The lakes provide stormwater detention for the entire Association (streets drain to the lakes not to the city's stormwater system).  We are also required to store effluent water in the lakes under our agreement with the City through Arrowhead Amenities.  Additionally, effluent pumped into lakes provides with effluent water used throughout the Association.  There is no recreational value to the lakes.  In fact, if you've had a fish kill or bad algae bloom on an abutting lake, as most lake lot owners have, you might not think a lake view was so great!  Lake views are no different than golf course views as access and use of the limited access lakes is prohibited.

Q:  Why can't we use the lakes for recreation like boating and swimming?
A:  While Class 1 effluent is pumped into the lakes, it is then treated with chemicals to control algae, and contaminated with waterfowl and fish waste and contaminants that drain from the streets into the lakes.  And, our CC&R's & Rules specifically restrict such usage. 
2.B. The Members are hereby notified that the lakes are or will be filled with reclaimed wastewater. The Association may use this reclaimed wastewater for irrigation of Association Land and maintaining lakes. Pursuant to Arizona health regulations, this wastewater may not be used for any other purposes by Association Members.
D. Association Lakes
1. There shall be no swimming or wading in any of the lakes except in the event of an emergency.
2. There shall be no boating, fishing, playing or other recreation in any of the lakes.
3. There shall be no pets or animals allowed in any of the lakes.
4. Access to any lake or lake shore area shall be prohibited except where specifically allowed and posted by the Association.

Q: Why were the only two lakes open to Members posted for "No Trespassing" and closed 10PM to 6:00AM?
A: Because it was our only way to curb expensive vandalism, graffiti, drug use and sales, alcohol use and other nefarious activities from occuring at the lakes.  The hours of closing and "No Trespass" posting allows the police to enforce these provisions on private property.  FYI, the Board intends to pursue criminal charges against individuals arrested.

Q: Why can't we feed the ducks and birds?
A: Feeding the ducks attracts them to the lakes and discourage migration.  This results in large quantities of nutrient loading into the lakes contributing to algae blooms.  Feeding the ducks bread is also bad for them as it can result in botulism (Western Duck Disease) that has wiped out whole duck populations in an area.  The waterfowl waste can also contain harmful levels of salmonella and E coli bacteria so be careful not to infect your shoes and track it into your home.  If the waterfowl aren't fed, they will move on and find healthier food.
Other bird feeders attract pigeons to the area.  Pigeons are a nusance bird that can create health concerns with their dropping and nesting habits.  Again, depriving them of their food source will encourage them to move on.

Q: Why can't I backflush my pool into a lake or parkway?
A.  It's against both the City Code and our Rules.  Why?  Because it is unhealthy, causes damage to Association landscaping and shorelines and makes managing lake chemistry and fish health more difficult.

Section 25-24 (e) of the City Code states that "No person shall permit or cause the discharge of water from any swimming pool, architectural pool or spa into any public street, alleyway or right-of-way."
Likewise, Sections 2.D.(5) and (6) of the HOA Rules prohit backwashing or otherwise contaminating the lakes. Specifically they state:
5. The backwashing of swimming pools and similar activities which result in the introduction of foreign chemicals into the Association lakes or the erosion of lake banks is prohibited.
6. The dumping of trash and/or landscape debris onto land, lakes or lake shores owned or maintained by the Association is prohibited.
Homeowners may backwash into their own yards as long as it doesn't create run-off to other lots or streets but be careful as the chemicals in the water may harm your landscaping.  The better option is to backwash directly to the home's sewer clean-out.
Remember that, in addition to these rules, homeowners are liable for damage to Association assets.  Avoid fines and help us keep down assessment levels by complying with these rules.