Project RENEWS

As desert dwellers, we all understand the importance of water. We also know that our aquifer, in the Sahuarita and Green Valley area is declining.At some locations, well water levels have dropped by as much as 150’ in the last 50 years due to the increased demand that residents and businesses are placing on this portion of the natural aquifer of the Santa Cruz River Valley.

The challenge for the Upper Santa Cruz area is that drinking water needs are a small percentage of the total ground water pumping. The majority of the water table decline is attributable to agriculture and mining—historically neither of these groups has replaced their ground water usage. Elimination of all drinking water deliveries will not halt the declining water table.

To ensure a future supply of drinking water, Community Water is working to halt the water table decline in the Upper Santa Cruz area. We are developing a pipeline and underground water storage facility to bring Colorado River water to the Upper Santa Cruz area in Green Valley and Sahuarita.

Community Water has commissioned the design of a water delivery system that could transport its
CAP water allocation from the CAP terminus, at Pima Mine Road and I-19, to a Community Water
water purification plant located on Old Nogales Highway. Community Water is preparing to begin
construction of the initial phase; a 6.8-mile pipeline and a recharge basin, in the second quarter of 2012. Ultimately, the pipeline will extend 9.6 miles.

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