The Oro Valley Town Council unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Tucson for the short-term delivery of CAP water during the July 8 meeting.
Town officials negotiated the agreement after the aquifer saw decreases of three and four inches over the last several years.
The approved agreement will allow the delivery of up to 4,000 acre-feet of water per year for $499.98 per acre-foot.
One acre-foot of water is equal to approximately 325,851.4 gallons.
According to the executive summary of the agreement, last year the Town of Oro Valley pumped 2.5 billion gallons of water, which is an estimated 685 million gallons more than the amount calculated in the annual sustainable rate study.
By using CAP water, Water Utility Director Philip Saletta said they would reduce groundwater pumping, which will benefit the aquifer.
Saletta said the agreement also saves the town money by reducing the amount paid to the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District. In addition, it complies with Assured Water Supply, which will allow growth to continue in coordination with the state's adequate water supply requirements.
CAP water from the Tucson Water distribution system will be delivered to the Oro Valley Water distribution system at a connection point near Naranja and Shannon roads. Additional pumps and pipelines will have to be constructed as the first phase in the agreement. The first phase will cost the town $515,000. A timeline has yet to be determined.
Town officials said they are confident in the quality of the CAP water.
In other business, the council also approved a one-year extension of the development plan for the Bighorn Commerce Center, LLC, at the southeast corner of Oracle Road and Ram's Field Pass.
This is the fifth extension for the development, which has struggled in the economic turndown.
While the extension was approved, council members stressed the developer will still have to comply with current town codes and standards.
The council also approved a development plan and preliminary plat agreement for a proposed Taco Bell restaurant, located in the Rooney Ranch Area Development at the northwest corner of Oracle Road and First Avenue.
The approval is contingent on roadway issues being worked out with the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The council also approved a development plan for the Vistoso Commerce Loop medical offices to be located at 2285 N. Vistoso Loop, and the development plan for a QuickTrip convenience store and gas station within the Steam Pump Planned Area Development.