The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) provides design, management and maintenance of the sanitary sewer system, including the conveyance and treatments systems (3,400+ miles of sewer, two metropolitan wastewater treatment plants and seven sub-regional facilities).
To be an industry leader in the management and sustainability of the water reclamation cycle and other renewable resources.
To protect the public health, safety and the environment by providing quality service, environmental stewardship and renewable resources.
RWRD’s first five year Strategic Plan (2012-2016), adopted in June 2012, provides a guide to decision-making and resource management in pursuit if its organizational vision, mission and goals. It identifies, strategies, priority goals and key performance indicators to drive success across various dimensions – or “pillars” – of the organization. An Annual Work Plan is created each year specifying the activities to be implemented in support of RWRD’s strategic goals.
Regional Optimization Master Plan (ROMP) is a master plan to allow the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) to meet current environmental regulatory requirements mandated by the Clean Water Act.
RWRD is working to meet new environmental requirements mandated by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). ADEQ regulates our activities and the way we convey and treat the community’s sewage. ADEQ has directed us to meet more stringent water quality standards for our effluent. These standards are based on mandates set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Clean Water Act.
ADEQ is mandating that RWRD decrease the amount of nitrogen and ammonia in our effluent.
Although nitrogen is helpful in plant growth, it is harmful to aquatic life. Additionally, effluent that is discharged into the Santa Cruz River can percolate into our groundwater and increase nitrogen and ammonia levels in the aquifer. Although small levels of nitrogen naturally exist in the aquifer, high levels of nitrogen in drinking water can be harmful to children and unborn babies. No local water providers draw from the groundwater near the Roger Road and Tres Rios facilities, and the Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department performs regular monitoring of the groundwater in these areas.
201 N. Stone Ave., 8th Fl.
Tucson, AZ 85701