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  • $114 million saved on upgrade of community’s wastewater treatment facilities

    Apr 10, 2014 | Read More News
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    Pima County has substantially completed the largest and most complex public works program ever undertaken in the history of Pima County.Agua Nueva

    The Regional Optimization Master Plan, which was driven by new state environmental standards to improve the quality of effluent discharged from Pima County’s wastewater facilities, is nearing completion significantly on time and at substantial savings.

    The regulatory-driven upgrade and expansion of the Tres Rios Water Reclamation Facility was completed months ahead of the January 2014 regulatory deadline.  Construction of the brand new Agua Nueva reclamation facility was completed a full year ahead of the January 2015 deadline.

    In all, the program, originally budgeted at $720 million, came in substantially under budget, with roughly $114 million in savings.

    Importantly, the project has positioned Pima County well for the future by ensuring our wastewater meets stringent new state and federal requirements. Additionally, our wastewater facilities now have the capacity to meet the community’s needs for generations.none

    “With the ongoing drought and projections of future population growth for our region, reclaimed water is increasingly important. With the completion of the upgrades to our treatment facilities, the quality of our reclaimed water allows for many more reuse applications,” said Jackson Jenkins, the director of the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department.

    “This quality will allow our community to expand the use of this critical water resource.”

    To view a slideshow of the dedication event, as well as photos from the Tres Rios and Agua Nueva facility, please go to our Flickr page.