Responsibly managing a water system in times of drought takes more than a little help from Mother Nature. It also requires responsible and forward-thinking management.
As the largest private water utility in Arizona, we take the drought, and the health of the water supply, very seriously. Our president and members of our senior team are on the boards of the
National Association of Water Companies, the advisory board of Arizona State University's
Kyl Center for Water Policy at the Morrison Institute and the external advisory board of the
Water Resources Research Council at the University of Arizona.
We also have a state-of-the-art water quality team that ensures the safety of the water you drink, including conservation experts, engineers and leaders who help make critical decisions about Arizona's water supply.
You can take advantage of opportunities to learn how to conserve water, maintain home systems and more. We offer neighborhood conservation workshops that provide real-world examples of the small steps you can take at home to reduce your water use, as well as online conservation materials and checklists.
Water supply management
Depending on where you live, your drinking water might be groundwater (from a well) or surface water (from the CAP canal). Strategically managing these resources is critical to maintaining our overall water supply.
Surface water is more sustainable — it comes from snowfall and rain, and flows south — while groundwater supplies take longer to replenish and recharge.
Recycling treated wastewater
At EPCOR, we either reuse or recharge nearly 100% of the wastewater we treat — that's millions of gallons every week. We don't put it to waste. Recycled wastewater is used to irrigate golf courses and public spaces. Recharged wastewater is put back into the ground to replenish the aquifer far underground.
Moving forward, Arizona's water utilities need to be strategic and forward-thinking about how they mix both groundwater and surface water supplies, and how they maintain those systems for long-term viability.
While it might not be as visible as public conservation efforts, managing our water supply infrastructure is critical to enable the long-term health of our water system. Cracked wells and leaky pipes can result in significant water loss and deplete the system of critical resources.
But investing in infrastructure, and making sure that water systems are efficient, costs money. It's also a continual effort that requires commitment.
We're investing more than $500 million in our water and wastewater systems over the next decade. These efforts will help ensure that when our customers turn on their taps, water will be there.