New Tucson Water director says utility remains ‘reliable, resilient’ – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2022-06-23 13:21:49 –

Tucson, Arizona-(KGUN) — Nearly 250,000 people in the Tucson Basin rely on major urban utilities to bring the desert’s most valuable resources to homes and businesses.

At the beginning of June, the city of Tucson officially appointed a new director of Tucson Water.

KGUN 9 sat down with John Kumiek to discuss various water-related issues. Part of the conversation touched on what power companies need to operate their water systems, their impact on customers, and what happens to the local supply when the monsoon arrives.

Nearly 5,000 miles of pipeline make up the system maintained by Tucson Water, said Kmiec, a recent deputy director of the agency.

In his career observing changes in the environment and new technologies, Kmiec said that the task of watering people’s faucets, toilets and sprinklers requires considerable electricity and money.

“This is one of our biggest costs and is to move the water. The water is so heavy that when moving water across nearly 5,000 miles of pipes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, It’s one of us. The biggest cost. “

Kmiec, now officially playing the highest leadership role, said Tucson Waters plans to collaborate with both city officials and Tucson Electric Power.

Kmiec said staff will work with these partners to further leverage other energy sources, such as solar energy, to support the system and offset costs. “Whenever we can save water and people can save water, they are actually saving energy,” he said.

Many would think that saving also means saving money. Nevertheless, the Tucson City Council has approved the measures that began last December. I raised the water charge 10% of people living in parts of unincorporated Pima County.

County supervisory board Proceedings were filed immediately in response. And it moves forward Maricopa County Superior Court..

According to the Pima County Superior Court, the city of Tucson, knowing that the county was a party to the proceedings, applied for a change of court.

Kmiec said he could not comment on the proceedings, but when asked about the use of the city and county, he needed to use the available infrastructure to bring this water home. He said there was a difference.

“Maintaining a pipeline in a dense urban area serving more customers per straight foot of the pipeline will serve less populated areas, perhaps with acres between each home or each customer. It’s easier than that, “Kmiec said.

Monsoon rains do not require pipes to fall from clouds to fill the aquifers and wells of the Tucson basin. According to Kmiec, the city of Tucson does not directly benefit from the moist monsoon, but the aquifer system available to Tucson Water does.

For Kmiec, this indirect benefit is linked to a conversation about the cost of electricity and energy.

“If the aquifer is totally restored and the water level is rising, it means less energy is used to pump the groundwater wells and bring the water to the surface,” Kmiec said. .. “So there is an indirect positive that comes from Tucson’s good monsoon season, but it doesn’t necessarily give us credit to pump more water in the future.”

This is another factor to consider for utilities. On average, customers spend less on water in rainy environments, Kmiec says.

Therefore, Tucson Water loses revenue and the replenished aquifer does not give the utility permission to pump groundwater without approved credits.

In the case of Kmiec, the agency must be financially agile. Nimble may explain how other Arizona water operators will manage their systems in the near future.

New measurements from Lake Mead show that the water level has reached 1,044 feet.It’s less than 150 feet from what is called “Deadpool” statusIf the water is too low to flow downstream of the Hoover Dam.

“All the signs are that it will get worse,” Kmiec said.

Official to address Tucson’s water concerns

“Droughts continue in the Colorado River basin. Snow cover is again less than expected, which has been a common message for over 20 years. There are signs of Tier 2, and in some cases Tier 2. This summer. Three drought declarations by the end. “

As the situation on the Colorado River gets worse, the Federal Pioneer Department recently told seven states with rights to river water: Plan to save even more water in 2023. Central Arizona Project, The state first feels the deepest cut..

Regarding the decision on the scale at which each state will reduce water, the Pioneer Department said it was ready to make that choice for the state.

Kmiec said Tucson Water has Planning and backup when the community has to withstand stricter restrictions..

“What we have done in the last few years has been to link the drought response plan directly to the 2019 drought emergency response plan,” said Kmiec. “This determines the drought based on the elevation of Lake Mead. If Lake Mead continues to fall, it will be a 22-year drought on Lake Mead, triggering Tucson’s further progress. Conservation-related Efforts. “

According to Kmiec, this utility stores more than 5 years of CAP water in the Abra Valley aquifer and is ready to use.

“There is also a large amount of wastewater from two major treatment plants in the region, and there are historic groundwater credits that apply to the entire region and are always available,” he said.

Jose Zozaya teeth KGUN9 Anchor and Reporter.. Prior to arriving in southern Arizona, Jose worked in Omaha, Nebraska, addressing issues ranging from local, state and federal elections to toxic chemical spills and community programs affecting immigrant families. ..Share story ideas and important issues with Jose by email jose.zozaya@kgun9.com Or by connecting Facebook, Instagram When twitter..

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