White House Water Summit Highlights Phoenix/Tucson Water AgreementWhite House Water Summit Highlights Phoenix/Tucson Water Agreement<div class="ExternalClassFF2D9EA8A01146F3AF75E559FF5D4892"><p style="text-align:left;">​<span style="line-height:1.6;">A landmark agreement among municipal Arizona water providers was highlighted at a groundbreaking water summit, today in Washington D.C. </span></p><p style="text-align:left;">The White House Water Summit, held in conjunction with the United Nations World Water Day, focused on the country's water issues and potential solutions using innovative science and technology. Attended by stakeholders from government, public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors, the summit catalyzed participants' ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future. </p><p>One of the actions highlighted was the Phoenix, Tucson and Metropolitan Domestic Water Improvement District's water exchange agreement. Phoenix Water Services Director Kathryn Sorensen and Tucson Water Director Timothy Thomure represented their respective cities at the summit, highlighting details and next steps needed to continue the successful pilot program.</p><p>In the next year, the cities will work together to grow their water exchange, increasing the amount of water stored annually to more than 1.6 million gallons of water, or enough to serve more than 17,000 homes for a year.</p><p>Under the 2014 agreements, Phoenix stores some of its unused Colorado River water in Tucson aquifers — water that Phoenix would otherwise lose to another water user. During future shortages on the Colorado River, the city of Tucson and Metro Water will pump the stored water out of their aquifers and deliver it to their customers. In exchange, both Tucson water providers will order a part of their Colorado River water for delivery to Phoenix water treatment plants. </p><p>The partnership not only increases the reliability of Phoenix's Colorado River water supply over the long term, it also provides immediate benefits to aquifers in Pima County by increasing their groundwater levels.  <br></p><p>"If we are truly going to confront drought and climate change in Arizona, cities must lead the way," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. "Being recognized by the White House for this first-of-its-kind agreement with Tucson and Metro Water will hopefully provide a model for other cities to find innovative ways to project and safeguard their water supplies."</p><p>"In Arizona, cities are leading the way in water security and conservation," said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "The agreement between Tucson and Phoenix benefits both cities, saving money, water, and energy costs, and increasing water security."<br></p><p>"Desert cities like Phoenix and Tucson know the true value of water," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chairwoman of the City Council Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. "Attending an event of this magnitude reaffirms the value of the methodical, proactive steps we've taken as a city to ensure reliable water deliveries for homes, businesses and industries."</p><p>View the full commitment report from attendees here (Phoenix/Tucson on page eight): <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://1.usa.gov/25iy4cj">http://1.usa.gov/25iy4cj</a></span></p><p><strong style="font-size:12px;">About Phoenix Water</strong><strong style="font-size:12px;"> <br></strong><span style="font-size:12px;line-height:1.6;">T</span><span style="font-size:12px;line-height:1.6;">he city of Phoenix Water Services Department is more than 100 years old and treats and distributes tap water to 1.5 million customers daily. Phoenix Water manages the city's sewer system, and handles wastewater treatment operations for 2.5 million residents in five Valley cities.  Infrastructure includes 7,000 miles of water lines, 5,000 miles of sewer lines, eight treatment plants, 50,000 fire hydrants and 90,000 manholes. Phoenix's water and sewer rates are among the lowest of comparable-sized cities nationwide. Our tap water supply is in very good shape due to decades of planning and multiple water sources. The city reuses nearly all of its wastewater on crops, wetlands and energy production. </span><span style="font-size:12px;">Follow us on Twitter: </span><a href="https://twitter.com/PHXWater" style="line-height:1.6;"><span style="font-size:12px;">@PHXWater</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;"> and Facebook: </span><a href="http://www.facebook.com/PHXWater" style="line-height:1.6;"><span style="font-size:12px;">Facebook.com/PHXWater</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;">.​</span></p><p><span style="font-family:'segoe ui', segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>About Tucson Water<br></strong></span></span><span style="font-size:12px;line-height:1.6;">Tucson Water is the largest water utility in the Tucson area, serving more than 715,000 people with safe and reliable water service for more than 100 years. Tucson Water's primary water sources are surface water from the Central Arizona Project (CAP), groundwater, and recycled water. </span><span style="font-size:12px;line-height:1.6;">We are committed to continuous improvements in water-use efficiency and conservation, which are cost-effective and energy-efficient ways of ensuring future water reliability for Tucson's businesses and residents. Our commitment is to ensure that our customers receive high quality water and excellent service in a safe, reliable, efficient, and environmentally responsible manner. </span><span style="font-size:12px;line-height:1.6;">​</span></p></div>3/22/2016 7:00:00 PMStephanie Bracken602.534.1209