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Water Management

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

 


Property

What is a cadastral location (i.e., Township-Range-Section)?


The Public Lands Survey divides Arizona into squares called townships and sections. In this “cadastral” coordinate system, tracts of land are related to the point where the Gila and Salt Rivers meet. A location is established by the number of six-mile units (“Townships”) north or south of that point, and the number of six-mile units (“Ranges”) east or west. Each six-mile by six-mile township is further divided into 36 one-square-mile (640 acre) “Sections.”


How can I determine Township-Range-Section for my property?


Both Pima County and Pinal County have online search tools for retrieving parcel information, including T-R-S. Parcels can be searched by owner, address or parcel ID.


Is my property located in the Tucson Active Management Area?


The Tucson AMA extends slightly into Township 6 South in Pinal County in the north, and as far as Township 24 South in Santa Cruz County. The western portions of the AMA are in Range 7 East, and the eastern edges are in Range 18 East. For more detail, consult the map below or contact the AMA office.


Wells

How can I obtain information about wells in my area or on my property?


For information on wells, visit, call, or fax the Tucson AMA office. Please be ready to provide the Township-Range-Section(s) for the area of interest or the name of the specific person or entity if you are looking for well ownership information. Office staff can search the ADWR well databases and send the results by fax, e-mail, or regular mail.

Records for most registered wells can also be accessed from ADWR's Imaged Records Database (http://imagedrec.water.az.gov/). Well records can be searched by registration number (55-######) or location (Township-Range-Section). To view records you must select ‘CLICK HERE to install the plug-in manually’ for a one-time software installation. To search wells, click the ‘Logon’ button then select ‘55 Well Registry’ from the list of Query Sets. To search by registration number, click ‘Find by Well Number’ in the second column. To search by Township-Range-Section, click ‘Find by Legal Description’.


Can I drill a domestic (exempt) well on my property?

An application to drill a new exempt well (maximum pump capacity of 35 GPM) in the Tucson AMA is made pursuant to state law (A.R.S. 45-454offsite icon). In 2005, Senate Bill 1190 placed additional restrictions on the drilling of new exempt wells in portions of the AMA. For more information, you may read a summary of Senate Bill 1190offsite icon or contact the Tucson AMA office.


How do I change ADWR's well ownership information when selling or buying property?


To change the ownership information on file with ADWR for an exempt well, please complete a "Request to Change Well Information" form and send it by regular mail to the address on the form. You can access a copy of the form and instructions online to print from your home, or Tucson AMA office staff can e-mail, fax, or mail you a copy of the form. Please submit one form for each well on the property. For change of ownership of non-exempt wells, please contact the Tucson AMA office.


I want to drill a domestic well and my parcel is 5 acres or less. Where do I go for the "health authority approval review"?


The review required on the "Notice of Intent to Drill, Deepen, Replace or Modify a Well" form can be completed at the county departments listed below.

Pima County
County-City Public Works Center Building, 201 N. Stone Avenue, First Floor, Tucson, Arizona 85701
(520) 740-6501; Business Hours: 8:00AM—4:00PM (Monday—Friday)
Fee: $25; Review Time: 3—5 days

Pinal County
Environmental Health Department, 31 N. Pinal Street, Bldg. F; Florence, Arizona 85232-9713
(520) 866-6864; Business Hours: 8:30AM—4:30PM (Monday—Friday)
Fee: $55; Review Time: 5 days or less

What can I do when someone defaults on a well share agreement?

ADWR does not have legal or regulatory authority over well share agreements. Resolution of disputes rests with the parties themselves and/or the courts.


Where can I obtain change of ownership and other forms?

Many forms can be downloaded from the "Permits, Forms, and Applications" section of ADWR's web site. Forms may also be obtained from the Tucson Office.


Water Rights

How can I obtain information about groundwater or surface water rights?


For information on rights, visit, call, or fax the Tucson AMA office. Please be ready to provide the Township–Range–Section(s) for the area of interest or the name of the specific person or entity if you are looking for water rights ownership information. Office staff can search the ADWR groundwater or surface water rights databases and send the results by fax, e-mail, or regular mail.


I received a new water use summons. What is the adjudication and how do I file a Statement of Claimant?

The use of water on property located within the lands drained by the Gila River and its tributaries may be affected by an on-going court proceeding known as the Gila River Adjudication. The adjudication is a comprehensive court proceeding to determine the nature, extent and relative priority of rights to use water in the Gila River System and Source. All users of water should file a statement of claimant form to protect their uses, regardless of the source of the water.


Where can I obtain change of ownership and other forms?

Many forms can be downloaded from the "Permits, Forms, and Applications" section of ADWR's web site. Forms may also be obtained from the Tucson Office.


Water Providers

Please note: All questions related to water bills, starting and stopping service, or other issues related to your water service are handled directly by your water company. Private water utilities are regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commissionoffsite icon.


Who is my water provider?

Water provider web links


How do I read my water meter?

Reading your water meter acrobat-icon (30 KB)

 



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