Arizonans recognize that we live in a desert and need to innovate to manage our water wisely. Drought, climate changes and population growth are all factors that impact the availability of water, and we believe that responsible wastewater management is essential to our state's future.
As Arizona's largest private water utility, we're uniquely positioned to see the future of water in Arizona. We work with large municipalities on grand-scale projects — like our new Luke 303 Regional Water Reclamation Facility — while we also see the challenges that face our smaller-scale colleagues.
Investing in the future of Arizona is critical to our success. That's why we're investing more than $500 million over the next 10 years in the water and wastewater systems we manage. This investment is critical to the long-term health of the systems, as well as the future of Arizona's water supply.
A national perspective
Arizona isn't alone in its need to maintain, or even improve, our wastewater infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) graded the nation's wastewater infrastructure as a D – estimating that $298 billion needs to be invested in the next 20 years to keep America's cities operating safely and responsibly.
Locally, the ASCE estimates that Arizona's wastewater utilities must invest $4.4 billion over the next two decades to improve the state's wastewater infrastructure. The age of the systems, the report said, are largely to blame: "Many portions of Arizona's wastewater systems are 50 years old or more, and the warm climate shortens their useful life and causes corrosive hydrogen sulfide to corrode and break pipes."