Southern Arizona Water Users Association


Joseph Olsen


Metro Water District

John Kmiec

Vice President

Marana Water

Brian Wong


BKW Farms

Geoff Caron


Sahuarita Water Company

SAWUA Officers

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. 

The Association coordinates in the development of effective water resource policy and planning in an effort to preserve and enhance the quality and quantity of the region's water resources.

SAWUA’s aim is to provide one voice from Southern Arizona on water legislation and issues. SAWUA has effectively protected and advanced water issues in the region. 

SAWUA is a voluntary nonprofit organized in 1999. Read More.


SAWUA Members




The Southern Arizona Water Users Association partners with the US Bureau of Reclamation in a study of the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin. The association received nearly $400,000 to continue its efforts to plan for and invest in the area's water resources. The study will identify the water resources needed to mitigate climate change and improve water reliability. Click here to view SAWUA studies.

SAWUA and US Bureau of Reclamation Partner on Major Study of Lower Santa Cruz River Basin


Lower Santa Cruz River (LSCR) Basin Study - Fact Sheet

The Southern Arizona Water Users Association (SAWUA) is at the forefront of achieving long-term water security in Southern Arizona. In partnership with area water professionals including: Pima Association of Governments (PAG), Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District, Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), Central Arizona Water Conservation District, and the University of Arizona, SAWUA has embarked on a three year study with the US Bureau of Reclamation. The study aims to understand the balance of water uses and supplies within the Tucson Active Management Area (TAMA) and impact from climate change, infrastructure needs, and uncertainty about the future. View the LSCR Basin Fact Sheet and vist our Studies page for more information.


Protect Lake Mead

"The Colorado River is now in its 17th year of drought and is also overallocated. This overallocation means the Lower Basin states are promised more water than is actually available in an average year. Arizona water leaders, including CAP, have been working together..." Read More on the Protect Lake Mead website.


Resolution Advocating for Legal Rights to Renewable Water Supplies

SAWUA members adopt a resolution advocating for the legal authority of individual water providers to leverage their renewable water resources, as they see most appropriate, to meet the current and future needs of their respective service areas. Click here to view SAWUA resolutions.

Thank you for Joining us for the 2017 Current Arizona Water Issues in Southern Arizona Forum!


Resolution Supporting Proactive Water Resource Management

SAWUA members adopt a resolution supporting proactive water resource management within the Tucson Active Management Area to ensure, to the maximum extent possible and to the benefit of TAMA, that existing USFs and GSFs remain operational up to their permitted capacity. Click here to view SAWUA resolutions.

Arizona Water Policy: What Happens Next?


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Please join us for a free discussion on Arizona Water Policy:What Happens Next?

Friday, October 5, 2018, starting at 8:30am. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:00am.

We are pleased to feature the following presenters to discuss current water policy issues impacting Arizona:


Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

City of Tucson


Senator Gail Griffin

Legislative District 14


Representative Rusty Bowers

Legislative District 25


Nicole Klobas

Deputy Chief Counsel, Arizona Department of Water Resources


Karen Cesare

Board Member, Central Arizona Water Conservation District

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Ride With Purpose Presents SAWUA with Appreciation Plaque

Ride With Purpose presented SAWUA with a plaque in appreciation of SAWUA's 10-years of support to this charitable organization... Read More