Every Industry Has It's Acronyms - Here's a Few of Ours


  • Stands for Acre-Foot.
  • A common unit for water measurement. An acre-foot of water is equivalent to 325,851 gallons: enough to cover a square acre in one foot of water. To visualize this, picture a football field (without the end zones) covered in one foot of water.
  • One AF is a two-year water supply for a family of four.


  • Compounds of emerging concern - or CECs - have gained notoriety in recent years. CECs include pharmaceuticals, personal care products, endocrine disrupters, and antibiotic resistance genes that can turn up in water supplies. They are unregulated by federal and state water quality agencies because they occur at extremely low concentrations - nanograms per liter. In fact, laboratory equipment could not detect these compounds until about 2002. Improvements in analytical technology now allows labs to detect compounds far below concentrations that are known to impact public health.


  • Stands for Cubic Feet Per Second.
  • A way to measure the flow rate of water.
  • One cubic foot is roughly equivalent to the size of a basketball: in other words a thousand cubic feet per second would be like 1000 basketballs rolling by every second.


  • Stands for Capital Improvement Project.
  • This is a project that implements new infrastructure or improves existing systems for the benefit of the community - paid for by your water fees.


  • Stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease.
  • These should never be poured down you sewer drain, as they can cause serious blockages and will need to be cleaned out by a licensed plumber (if on your property) or the city (if in the sewer system).

Regulating Agencies

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  • Stands for The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
  • ADEQ protects and enhances public health and the environment in Arizona. The department administers this state's environmental laws and delegates federal programs to prevent air, water, and land pollution and ensure proper site cleanups.
  • For More information on the ADEQ, visit the ADEQ Website

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  • Stands for the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Established on December 2nd, 1970 to protect human and environmental health.
  • For More information on the EPA, visit the EPA Website.


  • Stands for the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA
  • Established on April 1st, 1979. FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders. The agency ensures that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
  • For More Information on FEMA, visit the FEMA Website