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  • RWRAC Meeting Update

    The work that the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) does is essential to the health of the Santa Cruz River’s ecosystem, said Luke Cole of the Sonoran Institute at the Feb. 24 meeting of the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Advisory Committee (RWRAC). 

    Noting that the quality of the river’s water improves as it moves downstream, Cole said that the role played by RWRD’s Tres Ríos Water Reclamation Facility and Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility was significant. Cole’s special presentation focused on the benefits of the ongoing partnership between Pima County and the Sonoran Institute.

    In his monthly report, RWRD Director Jackson Jenkins said that the biogas treatment system at Tres Ríos Water Reclamation Facility is generating about $10,000 a day, and he praised the team for its hard work. He said that RWRD is experiencing some upward pressures on its budget due to inflation, and that the department has tweaked some of its cost estimates on upcoming projects to account for that. 

    Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Subcommittee Chair Asia Philbin answered some questions about capital projects, and the committee then voted to support the CIP 5-Year Program Plan. Then, Finance and Risk Management (FRMD) Director Michelle Campagne presented the most recent draft of the 2022 RWRD Department Rate Workbook and provided an overview. She said that no rate increases are recommended at this time. 

    FRMD Administration Support Services Manager Mandy Armenta provided an expense and revenue summary for Period 7 of the fiscal year 2021-22. Finally, Alison Jones of the Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) provided a brief summary of the committee’s Feb. 2 meeting. 

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