Tucson, AZ – Water recycling in Tucson is something that people have been working on for years but due to the most recent drought and climate change, the efforts in water recycling have picked up the pace. In the next few years it may be possible for residents of Tucson to drink recycled water on a daily basis. Tucson Water has a master plan to develop recycled water as a major resource for drinking water and they will soon begin talking with their customers.
The city has been using water from the Central Arizona Project (CAP) which takes in water from the Colorado River and Lake Mead. The CAP is over 300 miles long and runs from Parker to Tucson, this aqueduct is the largest and most expensive in the United States. Bloomberg reported that according to the federal government, Lake Mead is at its lowest level since it was filled in 1937.
The Santa Cruz River used to be the main source of water for Tucson and the surrounding areas 100 years ago. It used to flow almost all year-round in Tucson, however, the river has slowly been drying up and providing less and less water for the city. As stated before Tucson currently draws water from CAP but they also take water from groundwater. To prevent further loss of groundwater, Tucson has implemented different forms of water conservation.
Water recycling is already happening across the world, Tucson is currently undergoing the process of making the water safe for drinking. They are also looking to recharge their aquifer which will naturally purify the water and make it safer for drinking. They have been reclaiming water for irrigation needs, dust control and industrial uses for over 3 decades, so the logical next step would be to reclaim water for drinking purposes.
The city of Tucson is led by a very progressive group of individuals committed to the environment and renewing natural resources. It is extremely commendable of them to attempt to correct this water issue before the entire city runs out of water. They are taking the correct steps towards gaining water sufficiency for future generations. As of now, they are working effortlessly to rebuild the city’s drinkable water supply.
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