Public Initiative Petition 1994-I001
The purpose of this article is to restore first class drinking water to the people of Tucson and replenish Tucson's groundwater supply by amending Chapter 27 of the Tucson Code and adding a new Article VI providing for use of water resources.
Chapter 27 of the Tucson Code is amended by adding Article VI to read:
The City of Tucson shall use only groundwater from unpolluted sources as its potable water supply for a five year interim period beginning on the effective date of this article, except as specially provided in section 27-91.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, CAP water may be directly delivered as a potable water supply only if it is treated in a manner sufficient to ensure that the quality of the delivered water is equal to or better in salinity, hardness and dissolved organic material than the quality of the groundwater being delivered from Tucson's Avra Valley well field on the effective date of this article.
The City of Tucson shall not recharge water in any area that contains or is adversely effected by toxic landfills.
In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:
Five years after the effective date of this ordinance, the Mayor and Council of the City of Tucson may, upon a majority vote, submit to the registered voters of the City for approval at a City of Tucson general election a proposal to repeal or modify Article VI of Chapter 27 of the Tucson Code as added by this ordinance.
If a provision of this ordinance or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the ordinance that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this ordinance are severable.