Sustainable water management is one of the most challenging issues of our time, especially in the arid western US. Maximizing the benefits of water supplies requires careful measurement of availability and use. However, one important information gap is compounding this challenge: the lack of consistent consumptive water use data for irrigated agriculture, which accounts for the majority of water use in the western US. To date, access to this data has been limited and expensive, keeping it out of the hands of most water users and decision-makers who could benefit from its use.
Brown Bag Webinar - Tucson Water's Reclaimed Water System: Providing the Right Water for the Right Use for Nearly 40 Years
John Kmiec, Interim Director, Tucson Water
For nearly forty years, Tucson Water has been reusing its effluent to help offset traditional potable uses. Today, the Tucson Water reclaimed water system not only provides high-quality reuse water directly to a wide variety of non-potable customers, but the utility is now utilizing their excess water for aquifer banking and riparian restoration projects. John Kmiec will walk us through the history of the Tucson Water reclaimed water system, up to the most recent projects for the utility. Then, he will discuss what may lie beyond the horizon in the next forty years.
John Kmiec is the interim director for Tucson Water and has been with Tucson Water since 2019. He was the director of Marana Water from 2012 to 2019 and worked for Tucson Water from 2001 to 2012. Kmiec is the current president of the Southern Arizona Water Users Association, the past president of WateReuse AZ, and is also a board director of the AZ Water Association.
Banner photo: Santa Cruz Heritage Project. Courtesy of Michael Bogan.
Brown Bag Webinar: OpenET – Filling One of the Biggest Data Gaps in Water Management
The International Arid Lands Consortium Virtual Conference
To commemorate 30 years of collaboration on arid lands issues, the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) is hosting a three-day international conference on arid lands. A key goal of the conference is to underscore the value of the IALC mission