About Tucson Water


Tucson Water storage basin in Avra Valley.

Tucson Water
— 2016 Facts and Figures —

CY 2016 Average Number of Active Metered Services Monthly:
~ 232,000 (93% Residential)

CY 2016 Service Area Population:
~ 722,000

FY 2016 Operating Budget / System Value:
~ $176,000,000 / ~ about $1 Billion

2016 Potable Deliveries to Service Area:
~ 87,160 Acre-Feet

2016 Total Potable Gallons per Capita Daily (GPCD):
~ 117

Potable Metered Deliveries (GPCD):
~ 108

Residential GPCD:
~ 82

2016 Reclaimed Water Deliveries (Service Area):
~ 10,670 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 Sewage 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) 2016 annual operating budget was $176 million ($181 million is forecast for FY 2017). This budget includes costs incurred pumping and delivering water to other water providers.

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