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  • Director's View

    By Jackson Jenkins

    Life never really slows down here at our department. That’s why I think it’s important to take a step back every now and then to look at the big picture, and to really remind yourself of the importance of the work you do here. After all, our entire team plays a critical role in protecting public health, the public safety, and the environment. 

    Let’s focus on the numbers for a moment. Our utility provides service to more than three-quarters of the households and businesses in Pima County. We maintain seven water reclamation facilities, 22 pump stations, 32 odor control sites, and 3,500 miles of sewer pipeline. 

    We treat more than 60 million gallons of sewage every day of the year, and we produce high-quality reclaimed water through our reclamation facilities. That water is then used for turf irrigation, for riparian habitat restoration, and for recharging our aquifer. 

    In addition, we’ve been involved in some really significant projects in recent years. We launched our biogas project, in which processed gas is converted into clean-burning renewable fuel and delivered to Southwest Gas pipeline. We’ve worked with the University of Arizona to sample and analyze sewage to help detect COVID levels in the community. 

    Most importantly, we know that there are always improvements that can be made. We’re still committed to increasing efficiency at every level of our organization, while striving to provide the residents of Pima County with the best service possible. We are entering our sixth year without needing to increase sewer user or connection fees, and that is a tremendous accomplishment. 

    I’d say we have a lot to be proud of. Thank you for the hard work you do every day for this department and for our community.