The Southern Arizona Water Users Association (SAWUA) is comprised of 15 members including the largest water providers in the Tucson region, wastewater reclamation entities, and agricultural water users. SAWUA member agencies have water management authority to provide municipal water and wastewater service to over 900,000 residents in the Santa Cruz River Basin. Collectively, SAWUA delivers almost 200,000 acre-feet per year of potable water and treats over 64,000 acre-feet of wastewater annually.
Members meet monthly to discuss federal, state, and regional water policies and their impact to Southern Arizona. The Association coordinates in the development of effective water resource policy and planning in an effort to preserve and enhance the region’s water resources’ quality and quantity.
A key role for SAWUA is to provide one voice from Southern Arizona at the State Capitol and Legislature on water legislation and issues. By having a unified position, SAWUA has effectively protected and advanced water issues in the region. In addition, by being united, SAWUA has been able to collaborate with the Phoenix area Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) and the Northern Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (NAMWUA) on state-wide water policies.
SAWUA and its members work closely with the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Central Arizona Project, and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and other governmental entities that affect water in Southern Arizona.
SAWUA believes it should exercise leadership and initiative to determine and encourage the most effective management of the region’s sustainable supplies of quality water.
SAWUA is a voluntary nonprofit association organized in 1999.