Current climate scenario predictions identify the US-Mexico border as a "hot spot" of climate change, both in relation to increased rainfall intensity and increased temperatures. Twin city areas in the transboundary setting have long histories of management that rely on mutual dependency. Appropriate land use, watershed management, and flood-attenuation plans are critical, yet challenging, especially in cross-border urban areas. Collaboration is imperative for binational sustainable development.
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.