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Tucson Water says no cuts to users expected no matter outcome of water deadline

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 18:53:43-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Water says their users are better off than if they were anywhere else in the state. No matter if there’s a federal water shortage on the Colorado River or if Arizona meets the deadline with an agreement on how to share cuts.

“Once the water is in the ground it’s here, and we don't lose any through evaporation,” said Tucson Water spokesperson Fernando Molina.

He says this area uses less Colorado River water than it is allotted. Years of banking water means we now have a 5-year surplus.

“Aquifers are like banks. Where you can make deposits and withdrawals. Right now we are doing really good because we are making deposits greater than the withdrawals so we are seeing our savings account go up,” said Molina.

While other areas can't access their water easily, Tucson Water can. From recharge and recovery sites the water is pumped up to into the Tucson mountains and then flows downhill to many of your homes.

“We need to continue what Tucsonans have always been good at and that’s being careful with how we use our water.”

Molina says we need to continue to conserve, but no drastic water cuts are expected for Tucson Water users anytime soon.