Groundbreaking for the new GRICUA Sacaton 2 Substation

August 17, 2018


Christopher Lomahquahu

Gila River Indian News


The Community’s utility authority breaks ground on a new substation that will add to the robust infrastructure of providing electricity to its members.  


As the sun steadily rose over the Santan Mountains and shovels dug into the ground, the Gila River Utility Authority broke ground on a new substation on August 15. 


“This is a really important project for all of the Community,” said GRICUA Operations Director Kathy Galloway. 


She said, “There’s been new sub-stations built for commercial development, but there has not been a new sub-station built for the heart of this Community for 40 years.”


The building of a new substation is indicative of GRICUA’s initiative to develop a robust infrastructure to deliver power to the Community. 


The new substation is estimated to cost an estimated 5 million dollars, which will be built on San Carlos Irrigation Project dollars to complete the project. 


Galloway said that in other districts, the substations there have been rehabilitated and are equipped with new transformers to supply electricity to customers.