NewsNet 04-15-15

FINAL WATER RATE TOWN HALL TOMORROW - Tucson Water customers are invited to attend a town hall on proposed Fiscal Year 2016 water rates and fees that would take effect July 6. The last of three meetings is scheduled for tomorrow, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the William Clements Recreation Center Multipurpose Room, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr. The Citizens' Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) is recommending two rate increase options. The proposals will be presented at the meeting, along with Tucson Water’s cost of service and financial plan. The Tucson City Council is set to vote on an option following a public hearing set for May 19. Read the rate options and other documents.

HELP MAKE RECYCLING MORE EFFECTIVE - A recent survey from the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) department found that approximately 90 percent of Tucsonans regularly set out their blue barrels for recycling, but 20 percent of the material put in barrels is not recyclable. Contamination - especially food, yard waste, and dirty diapers - can ruin a complete truckload of recyclables. Plastic bags, garden hoses, and clothing also can cause problems. Some of the things that go through the plant also are potentially harmful to the health and safety of the workers. There have been a few cases of items like syringe needles going through the facility causing workers to be stuck. Recycling is a positive for Tucson. It helps conserve resources, extend the life of the landfill, reduce our carbon footprint, and it's economically beneficial for our City and customers, so it's important we do it right. The local recycling processor sells the recyclables and divides the profits with the City. Those revenues help ES offset a portion of collection costs and keep rates stable for our customers. ES residential collection rates have not increased for four years. Learn more about what is acceptable and not acceptable for the blue barrels, and watch Tucson 12 video about recycling.

TUCSON CITY GOLF IS HIRING - Tucson City Golf is currently hiring at four of its five golf courses. Positions include food and beverage servers, beverage cart attendants, golf cart attendants, and groundskeepers. Employees of Tucson City Golf work for OB Sports, which manages the courses under contract to the City of Tucson.

ANNUAL PENNINGTON STREET BLOCK PARTY THIS WEEK - The 7th annual City High School Pennington Street Block Party is a family-friendly event in the heart of Downtown Tucson. The party celebrates what young people do to make our community a better place. From 4-7 p.m. Friday, there will be musical performances, interactive booths, street theater, art exhibits, carnival games, and more. Learn more at the Pennington Street Block Party Facebook page.

SIGN UP FOR A FREE WATER AUDIT TO SAVE WATER AND MONEY - Water efficiency is more than just conserving a resource. Tucson Water’s Zanjeros are specially-trained water efficiency experts who have performed thousands of comprehensive inventories of home water use that helped customers lower their water bills. Learn more about your home’s water-using fixtures, water meter, plumbing, irrigation, and more. Request an appointment by calling (520) 791-3242 or emailing