The Tucson Citizen Water Academy is a series of lectures, tours, and activities provided by Water Campus partners UA WEST Center, Tucson Water, and Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD). The goal of the Citizen Water Academy is to provide an inside look at how citizens are part of the local water cycle, examining drinking water supplies, the wastewater reclamation process, and research and innovations for the future. The Academy also provides citizens a better understanding of water-related businesses and what it takes to run water and wastewater utilities.
During the upcoming Water Academy, participants will:
- Tour the Sweetwater Wetlands with Tucson Water and learn about local water supply, including potable and reclaimed distribution systems, water quality monitoring and more.
- Tour the Tres Rios Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) with Pima County RWRD staff and hear about steps in treatment, regulatory compliance, and wastewater’s important role in the water cycle, especially in arid Arizona.
- Get a glimpse into water purification challenges and ongoing research and innovations developed at the University of Arizona with a tour of the UA Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center. The group will learn about risks from water-borne pathogens, methods for addressing emerging contaminants, and opportunities at the water-energy nexus.
The next Citizen Water Academy is scheduled for four Wednesdays in Fall 2019. Sessions are held from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, with a break for dinner (provided).
- Wednesday, September 25
- Wednesday, October 2 (Alternate location - See note below)
- Wednesday, October 9
- Wednesday, October 16
Water Academy participants will meet in the Radon Room at the Pima County Regional Water Reclamation Department facility. The building is located at 2955 W Calle Agua Nueva, off Camino del Cerro and I-10, and is part of a Water Campus which includes the Agua Nueva WRF, UA WEST Center, and Sweetwater Wetlands. Water Campus location information can be found on the WEST Center contact page.
NOTE: On October 2, participants will meet at the Tres Rios Water Reclamation Facility (TRWRF) at 7101 N. Casa Grande Hwy, Tucson, AZ 85743. A map and directions to this facility will be distributed on September 25.
Thank you for your interest! Registration filled quickly and is closed for the Fall 2019 Citizen Water Academy.
Please watch for updates about the next Citizen Water Academy to be offered in Spring 2020.