Reclaimed Water Fast Facts
- Recycled water is an important water resource today and for the future.
- Tucson Water uses some of its recycled water to produce reclaimed water, which is specially treated for applications such as irrigation, dust control, fire fighting, and industrial uses.
- Reclaimed water is not treated to be used for drinking or bathing.
- There are 160 miles of pipe in the reclaimed water system and 15 million gallons of surface storage in enclosed reservoirs.
- During the summer, daily deliveries of reclaimed water can be more than 30 million gallons (MGD).
- Using reclaimed water instead of drinking water for irrigation saves enough water every year for more than 60,000 families.
- 50 parks and 65 schools, including the University of Arizona, irrigate with reclaimed water.
- More than 700 single-family homes use reclaimed water for outdoor landscaping.
- It is the policy of the City of Tucson that all new golf courses use reclaimed water..
- 18 golf courses, including four City-owned courses, irrigate with reclaimed water.
- Golf courses use about 60% of the reclaimed water delivered annually.
- As an incentive to use reclaimed water, its rate is lower than most of the drinking water rates.
- Converting from Tucson water’s drinking water system to reclaimed water can, for large volume commercial/industrial customers and some high water using residential customers, result in substantial savings on monthly water bills.
- Reclaimed water rates do not cover the full cost of service for reclaimed water. The amount not covered by the rates, 3% in fiscal year 2011, is funded from potable water system revenues.