About Tucson Water

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Tucson Water
— 2017 Facts and Figures —

CY 2017 Average Number of Active Metered Services Monthly:
~ 233,000 (93% Residential)

CY 2017 Service Area Population:
~ 725,000

FY 2017 Operating Budget / System Value:
~ $181,000,000 / ~ about $1 Billion

2017 Potable Deliveries to Service Area:
~ 89,500 Acre-Feet

2017 Total Potable Gallons per Capita Daily (GPCD):
~ 122

Potable Metered Deliveries (GPCD):
~ 110

Residential GPCD:
~ 82.2

2017 Reclaimed Water Deliveries (Service Area):
~ 10,840 Acre-Feet

(1 Acre-Foot = 325,851 gallons)


Until 1880, Tucson residents purchased water from vendors who transported it in canvas bags draped over burro's backs. Water was sold by the bucket for five cents. Burros eventually were replaced by metal-lined carts.

In 1882, a partnership was formed that led to the incorporation of the Tucson Water Company. The City of Tucson purchased it for $110,000 and on August 3, 1900, established the Water and Sewerage Department.


Tucson Water is a department of the City of Tucson, Arizona, government and operates as a Public Water Utility serving residential, commercial and industrial customers both within and outside of the city's boundaries. Tucson Water's authority and responsibility is derived from the City Charter and ordinances and resolutions of the Mayor and Council.

Tucson Water is an enterprise fund of the City of Tucson. The utility operates in a manner similar to a private business, covering all costs of doing business with revenues from operations and other water-related funding sources (bonds, property sales, etc.). Tucson Water's Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 annual operating budget was $181 million. This budget includes costs incurred pumping and delivering water to other water providers.

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