Although Pinal County is not in the utility business as a water provider – in fact, the County is prohibited from doing so – there are several policies and practices that demonstrate the county leaders’ stewardship of the environment where water is concerned.
Pinal County is looking at water conservation technologies and applications at the residential and commercial level through the Zoning Code update and the Comprehensive Plan.
- The County vigorously encourages the reuse and recharge of effluent or “gray water” for lakes, fountains and golf courses.
- The County is taking a leadership role in conjunction with the Central Arizona Association of Governments (CAAG) to develop a comprehensive approach to administering the EPA and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Water Quality Assurance Management Plan.
- The County also works closely with CAAG to address issues related to its three Active Management Areas.
- There are three AMAs adjacent to or in Pinal County (Phoenix, Tucson and Pinal). The Phoenix and Tucson AMAs have a goal of “safe yield” by 2025. The Pinal AMA has two objectives – to preserve the agricultural economies for as long as feasible and preserving future water supplies for municipal and industrial uses.
- The Board of Supervisors has a representative on the Pinal AMA Groundwater Users Advisory Council.
- New rules on Assured Water Supply require replenishment of excess water drawn (beyond the allowable volume) by a user or municipality. The replenishment must be from non-groundwater sources.