RWRAC Meeting Update

RWRD will receive $2.25 million for a backup generator project at the Tres Ríos Water Reclamation Facility, Director Jackson Jenkins said at the Jan. 27 meeting of the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Advisory Committee (RWRAC). The funding will come through a grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

The department may also receive funding for an improved, elevated access road to the Avra Valley Water Reclamation Facility, which in the past has been difficult to use during monsoon season. 

Deputy Director Eric Wieduwilt gave a presentation in which he explained the role that the department’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team plays, including updating sewer system layers to reflect new subdivisions and capital improvement projects. 

He also talked about the tools that the GIS team has developed to ensure the department has the data it needs to collect the appropriate fees from everyone who uses Pima County’s sanitary sewer system. 

Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Subcommittee Chair Asia Philbin said that the subcommittee unanimously recommended approving the CIP program. Jenkins provided an update on some CIP projects, including developments at Continental Ranch pump station, Aerospace Corridor, and Tucson Boulevard. 

Finance and Risk Management Administration Support Services Manager Mandy Armenta provided an expense and revenue summary for Period 6 of the fiscal year 2021-22. She said that the department is on track to hit the adopted budget mark. 

The next meeting is scheduled to take place virtually on Feb. 24. To view the agendas, minutes and videos of previous meetings, visit the RWRAC page on www.pima.gov/wastewaterreclamation