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Tucson C2E

henry elementary
nw el cortez


funding to date


online participants

9,238,878 gal.

total water savings for program to date

15,892 gal.

avg. savings per online participant

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Save Water, Save Rivers, Build Community

Tucson C2E provides funding to improve our urban waterways and wildlife habitats. Conserve water at your home or business, donate your water savings to Tucson C2E, and connect your water conservation to community action. Contact us to learn more or join C2E today to MAKE YOUR DROPS COUNT!

Help green our streets and enhance our washes and waterways!  Become a sustaining member of Tucson C2E.  You can make a contribution online or by using the "Open Space/Riparian" box on your Tucson Water or Pima County Wastewater utility bill. If 5% of customers in the Tucson Water service area join C2E, they would conserve an estimated 250,000,000 gallons of water annually and provide more than $500,000 for restoration projects each year!

Tucson C2E, the first C2E program in the nation, was founded in 2011 through a collaboration between the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, Tucson Water (our local water utility), and the nonprofits Sonoran Institute and Watershed Management Group. The program is now overseen by the Tucson C2E Advisory Council.

Here are just a few ways to get involved with Tucson C2E today:

  • Create an account online and track your water savings through a personalized Dashboard that  learn to save, supported by a water conservation community
  • Write in a donation in the optional “Riparian Enhancement and Open Space” box on your Tucson/Pima County utility services bills
  • Donate directly  to Tucson C2E, with convenient automated payments, through Paypal here
  • Become a Business Sponsor and Receive Incentives
  • Join Site Tours, Volunteer Days, and Celebrations
  • Apply for a wash restoration or green infrastructure grant in your neighborhood
  • Visit and learn from grant sites. Since 2011, C2E Tucson donors have funded 9 community riparian restoration projects!
Tucson C2E Grants

C2E helps improve urban washes and riparian areas throughout our community by providing funding for local organizations to do enhancement work (see projects below). Interested in applying for a C2E grant?  Visit the Tucson C2E Grants page for more info!

  • 2013 C2E Community Enhancement Projects: $30,000 awarded between three projects:
  • 2014 C2E Community Enhancement Projects: $13,640 awarded between three projects:
    • Jefferson Park Neighborhood: Capturing stormwater and reducing flooding along an urban waterway
    • Silverlake Park: Restoring native vegetation and improving wildlife habitat through improved wash management and new management strategies
    • Palo Verde Neighborhood: Reducing erosion and flood flows while creating an asset to the neighborhood in the form of an inviting gathering space
  • 2015 C2E Community Enhancement Projects: $12,000 awarded between two projects:
    • Feldman's Neighborhood: waterharvesting basins, curb-cuts, and swales along 1st Avenue
    • Sky Island Highschool: waterharvesting basins near the school's entry and parking lot


Tucson C2E would not be possible without our dedicated Advisory Council.  Tucson C2E Council members represent diverse organizations and interests throughout our community. The Tucson C2E Advisory Council provides oversight of C2E contributions, guidance on program development, and serves as a liaison between C2E and the greater community.  The Council is also responsible for allocating C2E funds through an annual grant process.  Tucson C2E Advisory Council members include representatives from the following organizations, agencies, and businesses: