Tucson officials said a new deal with the Central Arizona Project will help the city better manage Colorado River water recharged in Pima County.
Fernando Molina, with Tucson Water, said the agreement is beneficial for the city.
“The agreement we’ve reached with the Central Arizona Project involves being able to transfer credits we’ve accrued overtime and get some cash value from those credits," he said. "And transfer the groundwater credits over to the Central Arizona Project where they can actually use them in a more effective manner.”
The city earns credits by storing renewable water supplies like reclaimed and surface water.
Under the agreement, up to 100,000 acre-feet of long-term water storage credits can be purchased from Tucson over the next 25 years. Molina said the amount of money the city could earn for the credits is not yet available.