About Tucson Water

Tucson Water
— 2014 Facts and Figures —

Average Number of Active Metered Services Monthly:
~ 227,000 (93% Residential)

Service Area Population:
~ 712,700

FY 2014 Operating Budget / System Value:
~ $154,200,000 / ~ about $1 Billion

2013 Potable Deliveries to Service Area:
~ 92,534 Acre-Feet

Total Potable Gallons per Capita Daily (GPCD):
~ 127.4

Potable Metered Deliveries GPCD:
~ 116

Residential GPCD:
~ 88

2013 Reclaimed Water Deliveries:
~ 12,000 Acre-Feet

(1 Acre-Foot = 325,851 gallons)


Until 1887, Tucson residents purchased water for a penny a gallon from vendors who transported it in bags draped over burro's backs. After that, water was sold by the bucket or barrel and delivered door-to-door in wagons.

In 1881 the privately-owned Tucson Water Company began operating and delivering the first piped water into town. The water was pumped from a well on the banks of the Santa Cruz River and flowed by gravity into the distribution system.

On July 24, 1900, the City of Tucson purchased the Tucson Water Company for $110,000.


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) 2014 annual budget was $154.2 million. This budget includes costs incurred pumping and delivering water to other water providers.

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