“Taking on Water Issues” at Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance meeting

August 19, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Woods Memorial Libray
3455 North 1st Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719


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  1. 25 attendees at this talk about water. Wally Wilson of Tucson Water gave the overview about usage of groundwater (not sustainable), Colorado River water (no local control), reclaimed H2O (30% unuused & lost); no shortage predicted for 2016/2017. He said that Tucson residents’ conservation measures are working, water demand going down. Then Fernando Molina also of Tucson Water gave conservation tips for homeowners, and referred to their website for rebate programs. Mentioned a future pilot study for neighborhoods to utilize rain harvesting techniques. Question from audience about the recent gold mining spill on Navajo lands, but they said that there was no danger to Tucson, being a 9 acre leak which will be diluted in 13 M acres of Lt. Powell, then to Lake Mead. Prof. Larry Winter was more realistic, saying that drought/pop. growth has affected the water supply, levels of Lake Mead going down. Tucson only gets 11.59 inches of rain/year and we have caused the Santa Cruz River to dry up. Finally Joaquin Murietta of Watershed Mgmt. spoke of water harvesting, restoring hydrology as urbanites. 25% use of home water is flushing the toilet. Their goal is to reclaim hydrology of Santa Cruz River. Urban cities let 55% of rain water go to runoff, while green rural areas only lose 10/20% to runoff, due to impervious surfaces. Drop by their office to learn more.

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