Water is the lifeblood of the American Southwest, and dealing with water scarcity is one of the keys to the future of metropolitan Tucson and the rest of the region. The Academy Village Sustainability Committee will present a talk on emerging issues related to water quality, scarcity, and competition at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 1).

The talk will feature Timothy Thomure, director of Tucson Water, and, tentatively, a representative of Spanish Trail Water Co., which provides water to Academy Village, Vail and other parts of Pima County.

Thomure will provide an overview of where the region’s water comes from, how the community has adapted to thrive in the desert environment and how Tucson Water is planning for long-term sustainability.

Tucson Water provides water service to approximately 715,000 people (more than 70% of the population of the Tucson metropolitan area). About one-third of the utility’s customers reside outside the city limits. Residential accounts (single family, multi-family and duplex/triplex) make up nearly 93% of all potable metered connections.

Timothy Thomure

Tucson Water’s potable system is composed of 206 active production or standby wells, 4,611 miles of delivery pipelines, 125 boosters to move water around the delivery area, and 57 potable storage facilities capable of storing nearly 305 million gallons. The system represents a customer investment of more than $1 billion.

Thomure is a licensed Professional Engineer with 22 years of experience working in public utilities, private industry and consulting. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, water supply, water recycling and organized development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois and Master of Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Water Policy from University of Arizona.

For an informative report By Tucson Water see-https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/water/docs/FY16-17_TW_Conservation_Report-final.pdf

Written by Norm Scott, Academy Village Volunteer

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Water and the Tucson Area’s Future: February 2018
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