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

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