City considering utility bill increase to fund rainwater harvesting

Residents and businesses asked to participate in survey

The city council will be considering a proposal on September 4 to increase residents’ monthly utility bills between 75 cents and $1.50 to fund stormwater retention projects throughout the city. Residents and businesses are being asked to participate in a survey regarding the proposal.

The proposal is estimated to bring in up to $3 million annually and increase capacity for capturing stormwater and diverting it to “vegetated water harvesting areas,” according to a city news release.

Tucson Water did not respond to a request for more information on the proposal and the city website did not have any information on the proposal as of the time of publication.

Residents interested in taking the survey can do so at the following links:

                English: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/survey7707

                Spanish: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/survey7707es