Pima County successfully transfers Marana wastewater facility | Environment
Originally submitted by Pima County:
The Town of Marana is officially in the wastewater business, paying $16.1 million to Pima County Thursday for the successful transfer of the Marana Wastewater Reclamation Facility.
The transfer honors the will of Marana voters, who gave the Town the blessing in November to run the public utility.
Pima County pledges its full cooperation to work with Marana in transferring the appropriate permits to operate the facility. The County also gave the Rillito Vista Wastewater Reclamation Facility to the Town.
Although reclaimed water plays an increasingly important role in providing sufficient resources for the community, there are, however, challenges associated with running wastewater facilities. When the Marana facility was a County property, for example, the County stood ready to invest $40 million to upgrade the facility to accommodate anticipated future growth in northern Marana. “I have great faith that Marana will come up with creative solutions to address those needs so that the area can meet its future promise without the possibility of a sewer moratorium,” said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.
A recent award demonstrates that Marana is receiving this asset at peak performance.
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies will honor the facility with a Platinum Peak Performance Award at its annual conference in Cincinnati on July 16 for five straight years of stellar compliance with federal water pollution standards. To receive a platinum award, a facility must have had zero violations under federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System requirements.
“The importance of water in this region’s quality of life and economic health cannot be overstated, especially given our limited supply,” Huckelberry said. “With reclaimed water a growing value in our community, I am confident that together we can ensure an adequate supply of water resources for our region.”