Paul's Note: Friday, August 30th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, August 30th, 2019
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
Paul’s Note
Tucson Water Conservation and Long Term Planning
Tucson Water is currently updating their conservation plan to set the utility up for greater water savings between 2020-2030. This plan will also feed into our next long range plan--One Water 2100—and I’ll come back to that a bit later. Tucson Water's existing long range plan was adopted in 2004 and updated again in 2008 and 2012. The good news is that we've largely implemented all of the outcomes presented in that plan.
We are seeing good trends from previous conservation efforts that you can see in the charts below comparing the population that Tucson Water serves with the number of gallons per capita per day each customer uses.

An all too common assumption is that population increase will result in higher demand for water. What we see above is a decoupling of population growth to water demand. The reason for this has everything to do with water conservation. This is precisely why it is so important that we strategically invest in conservation programs that will have a significant impact on water in Tucson. Our conservation efforts currently include resources for the end user as well as training and educational programs. The latter include K-12 school programming as well as our excellent Zanjero program (these are the folks who can do a water audit for your property and help you find leaks and water waste—I can personally attest to their expertise). A number of our programs also cater to residential property owners themselves such as the rainwater harvesting, graywater, high efficiency toilets and clothes washer rebates. The chart below offers us some indication of how important our residential, especially single family home, users are for reducing unnecessary water use.

You can see above that the monthly metered use of water is significantly higher at single family (SF) homes. Multifamily and commercial make up those middle lines with industrial, 2-3 unit multifamily and other building types coming in at the lowest levels of monthly metered use.
Our current successes (i.e., that current downward trend of per capita gallon use) and our biggest opportunities for effective and efficient water savings as well as our community values will help guide the ten year conservation plan moving forward. A number of stakeholders are being asked to weigh in and you can do so by completing a survey. My staff is also participating in these efforts and I believe it will provide us an excellent opportunity to refine and improve our approach to water management in the Sonoran Desert.
Our conservation plan will also lead us into our next long range plan. The One Water 2100 plan is just beginning and you will get future updates on the plan. What I can tell you now is that Tucson Water is really embracing a One Water approach, an approach very much in alignment with many Tucson environmental organizations and regional water experts.
One Water guides us to value water in all forms or, to put it another way, to focus on full water cycle water management. The one water approach includes: watershed planning; water efficiency; resource recovery; water reuse; climate resiliency; and green infrastructure. Each of those aspects of water management are necessary especially as we plan for a probable decrease in Colorado River water in the future.
CAP Tier Zero Shortage
Thankfully, a recent report indicates that by the end of 2019, it is anticipated that the levels at Lake Mead will be below 1090 feet triggering a Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) Tier Zero shortage. Prior to our strong winter precipitation, an elevation drop below 1075 feet was anticipated which would have triggered a Tier 1 shortage. You can see in the graph below that the August projections have the elevations bumping between 1090 and 1075 feet into 2022. 

A Tier Zero shortage means Arizona must reduce our distribution of Colorado River supplies by 192,000 acre-feet and instead leave that amount in Lake Mead to mitigate the elevation drop. The addition of the Tier Zero through the DCP process was smart and will help us keep levels from dropping too quickly while all of the Lower Basin actors begin to plan for a drier Colorado River. The 192,000 acre-feet will be covered by the Central Arizona Project (this is about 12% of the normal CAP supply) and supplies to Nevada and Mexico will also be reduced and the Bureau of Reclamation will begin making contributions to Lake Mead.
The DCP Tier Zero is intended to help us keep more Colorado River water in Lake Mead. The DCP along with our local conservation efforts will guide our Tucson Water department and Tucson Water users to better steward this extremely important resource.
New Fire Engine at Station 8
This week I had the great honor and pleasure to participate in the inaugural “push-in” for the new fire engine at Ward 3’s Fire Station 8.

Council Member Paul Durham, Firefighter Andrew Nelson, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Firefighter Josh Campbell with the new fire engine, paid for by funds from Prop 101.
The push-in ceremony dates back to the horse and buggy era when the fire fighters themselves had to back carriage into the bay. Today fire stations are designed so that fire engines do not have back up to enter the station, but this wonderful tradition lives on.

Council Member Paul Durham and the crowd push the fire engine to its new home.
Also at the ceremony Station 8 added its patch to the new engine. Station 8 is aptly known as the “House of Love.”

Fire Station 8 on King Road in Ward 3 is known as the “House of Love.”
The new fire engine cost about $1 million and took about a year to construct. Funding for the new engine was made possible by the voter approved Tucson Delivers program Safer City Better streets program. Please visit to learn more about all aspects of these voter approved programs. As an aside, I hope you get a chance to ride down the newly resurfaced Roger Road in Ward 3 which you can also find on the Tucson Delivers map.

City Primary Election
Congratulations to the winners of Tuesday’s primary election who will advance to the general election on November 5th. Just like with the primary, it will be conducted by mail with a limited number of vote centers for people to vote in person or drop off their ballots. All registered voters will be mailed a ballot on October 10th.
On November’s ballot, the entire city will vote for a Mayor and Council Members for Wards 1, 2 and 4. Flowing Wells, Sunnyside and Amphi School Districts are all voting on budget overrides this year too, so please make sure to educate yourselves if you live in one of those districts.
Thanks to all of you participated in the primary election. The city is stronger when our citizens are engaged in this process.
Labor Day
The Ward 3 Office will be closed on Monday in honor of Labor Day. I hope you enjoy the long weekend with your family and loved ones. Special thanks to all of our union brothers and sisters who have fought and continue to fight for a living wage and quality jobs.
-Paul D.
Pet of the Week

September 1st is Ginger Cat Appreciation Day. What better way to celebrate than to give one of these beautiful creatures home?  You might consider Clifford. Pima Animal Care Center staff believe that Clifford is about 10 years old. Although he is currently being fostered, he has been waiting for his forever home since May 10th. Because of his age and length of stay at the shelter this sweet ginger’s adoption fees are waived!  If you would like more information and to make arrangements to meet Clifford email
“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Barrio Blue Moon
September 1st
2-3 pm
St. Elizabeth's Health Center
140 W Speedway Blvd #100
El Cortez
September 5th
Donna Liggins Recreation Center
2160 N 6th Ave
September 5th
7-8 pm
St. Luke’s
615 E Adams St
September 5th
6 pm 
Vineyard City Church
3150 E Fort Lowell Rd
Ward 3 Events
Thrive in the 05 Business Forum
September 9th
6-7:30 pm
Pima Community College Downtown Campus
Amethyst Room (CC 180)
1255 N Stone Ave
Pima Community College Workforce Development, City of Tucson Economic Initiatives, and Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce invite you and your business colleagues to the Thrive in the 05 Next Steps Business Forum series featuring topics of interest to help you and other Oracle/Miracle Mile Area business owners thrive!
At this Thrive in the 05 Business Forum titled "Building on the Area's History,” the discussion will include the Oracle Road/Miracle Mile area’s rich and colorful history, and how building on the area’s past can enhance its identity and help ensure a dynamic future.
Please contact Teresa Noon at or  520-206-7031 for questions or to request ADA accommodations.
Spanish Interpretation Provided / Interpretacion en español disponible by Pima Community College Translation & Interpretation Studies (TRS).
City Wide Events
Tucson Police to Host Women in Law Enforcement Open
August 31st
9-11 am
Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center
10001 S Wilmot Rd
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) will host a Women in Law Enforcement open house on Saturday, August 31st. Interested applicants can get information about a career in law enforcement, the application process and the basic academy training that provides certification as an Arizona Peace Officer.

TPD is accepting applications for trainees through September 16th. Successful candidates from this testing period will be considered for any funded academy classes within the next six months. The earliest academy to be filled from this list will be January 2020. Applicants must be 21 by academy graduation.
Sign up for the event at the open house link below.
Women in Law Enforcement open house:
Read the job description:
Tucson Police Department:
Second Chance Tucson Job & Resource Fair
September 19th
1-4 pm
Tucson Convention Center
260 S Church Ave

Did You Know...?
College Application Resource College Application Seminar
September 7th
9 am
Tucson High Schol
400 N 2nd Ave

Recycle Coach
The City of Tucson Environmental & General Services Department has made a FREE app available for your smart phone that will allow you to schedule notifications, view your trash and recycling schedule and verify if an item is eligible to go into the Blue Barrel. You can go to the link to download the app here.
Guidelines for Blue Barrel Recycling
  • No plastic grocery bags
  • No garbage
  • Please make sure materials are clean, empty and dry
  • Set out your blue barrel for collection when it is more than half full to decrease fuel consumption and air pollution
  • Have barrel at curb by 6 a.m. to ensure service
  • Leave labels on containers
  • Bottle and jar caps and lids can be recycled
  • Lightly rinse food containers. Use water wisely - throw very dirty items into the garbage
  • All recyclables go loose into the Blue Barrel, together - - no sorting! Please put them in individually, not inside a box or bag
  • Do not flatten cans and bottles to ensure sorting equipment works properly
  • Cut or flatten corrugated cardboard boxes to fit in container. Remove plastic wrapping and liners
  • Shredded paper may be recycled in the Blue Barrel if it is secured in a clear plastic bag.
    NOTE: This is the only time that plastic bags can go in the recycling container.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
September 6th
8 am-12 pm
City of Tucson Eastside Service Center
7575 E Speedway Blvd
(Turn north on Prudence to enter the drop-off line)
The City of Tucson’s Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) collects household hazardous waste (HHW) at different locations around the city on the first Saturday of every month. City residents can drop materials off for free.
City residents can also drop off HHW to the main site at 244 W Sweetwater Dr on Fridays from 8 am-2:30 pm or at the Los Reales Landfill at 5300 E Los Reales Rd Monday-Saturday from 8 am-4:30 pm. To be eligible to drop off materials address verification is required. It is free for City of Tucson residents to drop materials off. Residents from Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita and unincorporated Pima County will be charged a $10 fee to drop off materials.
EGSD also offers home pick-up. Residents who are not able to drop materials off can request a home pick-up for a fee of $25, which will be added to their monthly bill. For home pick-up, residents may call (520)791-3171 or submit an online service request.
To see a list of what the HHW program accepts, go to Medical waste, such as sharps, syringes or old medications is not allowed. Do not bring business or commercial waste, commercial gas cylinders, explosives or ammunition, infectious and radioactive waste or televisions/CRT monitors.
For more information on the HHW program, visit
Anza Park Survey
For those who were unable to attend the Anza Park Community Coversation last night, there is an online survey available through September 21st at where you can tell the City about what you see for the future of Anza Park as plans are made for improvements.
Eviction Prevention
The Arizona Department of Housing is providing targeted eviction prevention funds in Pima County, and Primavera is one of the locations where people can access the assistance.  The program has residential, income, and verification requirements, click here for eligibility. Please help us get the word out about this important service to Ward 3 neighbors! If you have any questions, please contact Emma Hockenberg at
Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
Ward 3 has Facebook and Twitter pages so you can keep up with our Council Member and stay in touch with what's happening in Tucson and around the Ward.
Follow us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham
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