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Tucson Water on the future of the city's water supply

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

April is water conservation month, and Tucson Water is giving information and taking questions about the state of the precious resource.

Tucson Water told customers Tuesday night about how it's banking on digital wireless meters for better accuracy along with reservoir maintenance and other monitoring systems.  It also spends $20 million each year to pump and deliver recharged CAP water over the Tucson Mountains.  Tucson is also storing more water than it's using.  Potable water usage is down to 1987 levels and groundwater pumping is back to where it was in 1959. 

The Colorado River could hit a shortage in a few years.  This conservation will help buy Tucson more time, possibly until 2040 or almost 2050 before Tucson needs to find another water source.

"Arizona will take a significant cut in its allocation to the CAP, and so since we get a lot of drinking water from the CAP, I want to find out what the plan is," said Donna Branch-Gilby.

"If a shortage is declared tomorrow, it's probably going to be at least 10, maybe 15 years before the shortage affects municipalities. So, during that whole time, we'll still be recharging, we'll take our full allocation, we'll be putting it all on the ground, and we'll continue to be banking water because we're not using that total amount of water that we receive annually," said Tucson Water spokesman Fernando Molina.

Tucson Water will hold several more meetings like the one from Tuesday night.  The times and locations are as follows: 

Thursday, April 17, 2014
6 pm – 7:30 pm

Vice Mayor & Ward 4 Councilor Shirley C. Scott

Clements Center Multi-Purpose Rm

8155 E. Poinciana Drive

More info: 791-3199       

Thursday, April 24, 2014
6 pm – 7:30 pm

Ward 3 Councilor Karin Uhlich
Ward 3 Office 1510 E. Grant Road

More info: 791-4711

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6 pm – 7:30 pm

Ward 6 Councilor Steve Kozachik
Ward 6 Office 3202 E. 1st Street

More info: 791-4601 

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