The goal of the Citizen Water Academy is to provide the community with 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 Tucson Citizen Water Academy consists of five classes. The series includes lectures, tours, and activities organized and delivered by Water Campus partners UA WEST Center, Tucson Water, and Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD).
During the Water Academy, participants will:
- Learn about water-related businesses and what it takes to run water and wastewater utilities.
- Tour the Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) Water Treatment Facility / Superfund Site and 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) and testing laboratories with Pima County RWRD staff, and hear about steps in treatment, regulatory compliance, and the important role of wastewater in the water cycle.
- Get a snapshot of 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.