Working With Water – January 2020
Dear Tucson Water Customer,
For the past 12 years, I had the privilege of serving you as a Tucson City Councilmember. Now, I’m eager to continue serving you as mayor.
As we begin a new year and a new decade, I wanted to provide an update on the goals, initiatives, and actions to help ensure a sustainable and secure water future for our community.
I look forward to working with Tucson Water - and the community at large - on these projects.
These are just a few of the initiatives I look forward to working on as your mayor. Living in the arid Southwest, there are hurdles that we must overcome together as our population increases and drought continues. Fortunately, we have Tucson Water, an internationally recognized leader in water management, planning, and programming that is more than up to the task.
Priorities for 2020
- Maintaining the highest level of water quality for all users and accelerating the cleanup of toxic chemicals like TCE, 1,4-dioxane, and PFAS at the Airport Superfund site and other brownfield sites.
- Expanding and increasing participation in our nationally acclaimed water-conservation programs. These programs have reduced our water use faster than other Arizona cities through programs like popular rebates and incentives for homes and businesses; groundbreaking rainwater and greywater harvesting rebate programs; commercial rainwater and residential greywater ordinances; K-8 education programs; and the Zanjero program.
- Prioritizing social equity and environmental sustainability in all future water projects.
- Replicating innovative reclaimed water programs such as the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, which recharges our aquifers and honors our history, all while supporting an urban, riparian habitat.
- Implementing a robust green infrastructure program to manage neighborhood flooding and redirect stormwater to nearby trees as part of our “1 million trees by 2030” campaign. This will help cool our city and boost neighborhood beautification efforts.
- Promoting payment assistance programs for eligible households and maintaining an equitable fee structure.
I welcome your input, questions, and concerns. You can reach me at Mayor.Romero@tucsonaz.gov or call (520) 791-4201.
Mayor Regina Romero
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