Central Arizona Water Conservation District
Below you'll find information about the roles and responsibilities of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District.
15 member board that manages and operates the Central Arizona Project (CAP). What is the Central Arizona Project?
CAWCD is a special purpose taxing district known as a multi-county conservation district. This governmental entity was formed for the purposes of contracting with the United States for the delivery of CAP water, repayment of CAP costs and operation and maintenance of the CAP aqueduct.
CAWCD employs more than 400 people who are responsible for system maintenance and operations, repayment obligations and creating water resource management programs for Arizona. The day-to-day operations are managed by the General Manager and senior management team. The General Manager reports to the 15-member CAWCD Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors are popularly elected from CAP's three-county service area including Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. Board members serve staggered six-year terms, usually meet twice a month and are responsible for establishing policy.
The Central Arizona Project, otherwise known as CAP, is a 336-mile long canal that brings water from the Colorado River to Central and Southern Arizona.