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Building code changes to enable reuse (e.g., reuse water code)  

Our utility is actively involved in potable reuse working groups and developing a statewide potable reuse 
public outreach for initiating public discussions about potable reuse. 

Our utility produce over 60 MGD for on-site beneficial use and for the turf irrigation needs for 18 golf 
courses, 50 community parks, 65 schools and aquifer recharge. 

With the expansion of our facilities to produce the highest designated water quality, Class A+, we have 
greatly expanded the reuse potential to include open access landscape irrigation, irrigation of food 
crops, fire suppression, cooling tower water and toilet flushing capabilities. 

The Water Campus laboratory analyzes over 48,000 analyses annually to ensure reuse water quality. 

Performance Measures & Results 

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Groundwater recharge and storage credits: Monitor the accrual of long term storage credits.  A 
total of 24,533 acre ft of long term storage credits were accrued in 2015. 

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Beneficial reuse environmental benefit: A total of 17,632 acre ft of water was beneficially used 
for turf irrigation of schools, parks and golf courses in 2015. 

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Environmental restoration with reclaimed water : Reuse of 238 acre ft in environmental 
restoration projects throughout the metropolitan area. 

  

WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP 

 

Unified vision statement established that integrates water supply, water conservation, water 
recycling, runoff management, wastewater facilities planning, and infrastructure planning using 
a regional watershed approach.   

 

Green infrastructure deployment to enhance infiltration, evapotranspiration, treatment, or 
capture and reuse of stormwater  

 

Watershed permitting strategy for multiple facilities (e.g., active nutrient water quality trading 
under a watershed-based permit)  

 

Ecosystem enhancements for improved hydraulics or water quality, including:  

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Riparian reforestation to enhance pollution mitigation functions 

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Stream channel restoration for increased hydrologic stability   

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Critical land acquisitions (e.g., conservation easements, buffer-zone purchases)   

 

Climate impact resilience principles incorporated into planning for new, repair, and replacement 
of infrastructure.  

In association with other County departments, we created the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan which 
balances the conservation and protection of our cultural and natural resource heritage with our efforts 
to maintain an economically vigorous and fiscally responsible community.  Broadly, the SDCP considered 
the elements of critical habitats and biological corridors, riparian areas, mountain parks, historical and 
cultural preservation, and ranch conservation in forming a viable land management plan for the County. 
The Multi Species Conservation Plan approved by USF&W is the part of the SDCP that deals with 
compliance with the Endangered Species Act. 

Collaborated with local water providers to establish a regional Water Infrastructure Sustainability Study 
that used triple bottom line approach to determine strategic action.  Areas identified for action included