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Tucson Water scaling back water flow Into Santa Cruz River

Flow will be cut from 2000 to 500 gals a minute
Posted at 2:52 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 16:53:17-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Water is scaling back discharge rates into the Santa Cruz River from around 2,000 gallons a minute to 500.

The decision to reduce the discharge was made because rising water levels at the base of a mountain downstream are approaching an old landfill.

A representative of Tucson Water told KGUN9 a permit requirement for the project is that water levels remain below the bottom of the landfill.

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He said water levels will be monitored and the flow could adjust depending on the impact of the changes.

The increased flow is part of a project begun eight months ago to recharge groundwater for storage.