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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Marana, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Marana, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Marana, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Marana, AZ

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Marana, AZ

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Marana, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Marana, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Marana, AZ

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Marana, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Marana, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Marana, AZ?

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Latest News in Marana, AZ

Local Opinion: Clearing up Marana's water future

The following is the opinion and analysis of the writer:Ensuring an adequate water supply is one of my major campaign platform items as a candidate for Marana Town Council. I have provided true, fact-based data and analysis of the current water situation, all supported by my 40-year career in the water utility industry.Let’s clear the muddied waters with the following water truths.Water supply in Arizona is managed on a regional and local level. The Tucson Active Management Area (TAMA) is our regional wate...

The following is the opinion and analysis of the writer:

Ensuring an adequate water supply is one of my major campaign platform items as a candidate for Marana Town Council. I have provided true, fact-based data and analysis of the current water situation, all supported by my 40-year career in the water utility industry.

Let’s clear the muddied waters with the following water truths.

Water supply in Arizona is managed on a regional and local level. The Tucson Active Management Area (TAMA) is our regional water system and includes the Avra Valley Aquifer and the Upper Santa Cruz Aquifer. Tucson Water, Marana Water and others manage their local water systems within TAMA.

At the regional level, TAMA’s goal is to achieve regional safe-yield, i.e., water out (pumping) is balanced by water in (natural and artificial recharge/replenishment). Any imbalance is overdraft.

From 1985 through 2020, TAMA has a cumulative overdraft of 1.8 million acre-feet. This means that over this 35-year period, 1.8 million acre-feet more water has been pumped from the aquifer than replenished. This fact is rarely discussed.

In recent years, TAMA has achieved annual safe-yield by replenishing the aquifers with Colorado River Water via the Central Arizona Project (CAP). However, considering the perilous situation with the Colorado River system, the Arizona Department of Water Resources predicts that TAMA safe yield as it stands “may be unlikely” with further Colorado River shortages.

Regional groundwater quality is also a big concern, as portions of the aquifer are contaminated with PFAS compounds and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently lowered the health advisory level to essentially zero for these chemicals in drinking water.

Although the regional water supply situation has improved in recent years, the future is not rosy with Colorado River water shortages, groundwater contamination issues and there is still the 1.8 million acre-feet deficit from past over pumping.

At the local level, Marana residents get water service from Marana Water or Tucson Water.

The incumbents tout that groundwater levels in Marana Water wells have risen and therefore all is good. But that is misleading because these wells are located adjacent to the replenishment facilities that are percolating Colorado River water into the aquifer! There are other wells farther away from these sites where water levels have dropped. They are not telling the whole story.

Furthermore, groundwater level has nothing to do with how much groundwater can be withdrawn. Marana Water will soon reach the point where its current approved 100-year water supply annual CAP allocation and recycled wastewater will be used up to meet rising water demand and then groundwater must be used. However, Marana only has a one-time groundwater allowance of about 3,000 acre-feet (one year of water). When that’s gone, any groundwater removed must be replenished with Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District water which is costly, shorter-term (not 100 years) and can be subject to the same cut backs as CAP water. The incumbents simply state there is plenty of groundwater and leave out the important details.

According to public records request data provided to me by Marana, the Marana Planning Commission and Town Council have approved 28,850 building lots as of the end of 2021. Marana has enough existing approved 100-year supply to provide water to 11,620 of those lots. Therefore, there are 17,230 lots of which there is not an approved 100-year water supply. The majority of the approved lots were the result of rezoning, whereby housing density was increased by a factor as high as 18. Rezoning and approving subdivisions prior to obtaining an approved 100-year water supply is not a sustainable action. It is reckless.

When I am elected to the Marana Town Council, I will work toward: 1) eliminating the TAMA cumulative overdraft, 2) monitoring aquifer groundwater quality and ensuring compliance with drinking water standards, 3) establishing a bona fide 100-year water supply before any rezoning and subdivision approvals, 4) ensuring Marana’s 100-year water supply takes into account that CAP water is not 100% reliable and 5) any groundwater replenishment water must be from a 100-year water supply source.

Mark Johnson is a retired water utility manager who worked in top management positions for three of the nation’s largest water utilities. He has been a community volunteer his entire life. He is a candidate for Marana Town Council.

Marana Pumpkin Patch kicks off fall with Sunflower Festival

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Marana Pumpkin Patch opens for the first time this season on Saturday, Oct. 1.Owner Jon Post said this year there’s even more for the whole family to enjoy, including a one-of-a-kind Sunflower Festival.“We’re not going to the pumpkin field, we’re going to the sunflower field. Pumpkins will still be available to buy, but we are going to focus on the sunflowers,” Post said. “You can come and take photos in the beautiful sunflower field and it should be really ...

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Marana Pumpkin Patch opens for the first time this season on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Owner Jon Post said this year there’s even more for the whole family to enjoy, including a one-of-a-kind Sunflower Festival.

“We’re not going to the pumpkin field, we’re going to the sunflower field. Pumpkins will still be available to buy, but we are going to focus on the sunflowers,” Post said. “You can come and take photos in the beautiful sunflower field and it should be really great.”

Post said guests will be able to pick the sunflowers and make a bouquet to take home.

He said the community has been asking for a Sunflower Festival for years, and the new location helped make that possible.

“About 70% of the field will be open and it will look so amazing,” Post said. “Besides having a lot of fun at a pumpkin patch, it’s a photo opp. People want the opportunity in that sunflower field for photo opps.”

The pumpkin patch has added numerous photo backdrops so families have lots of places to take pictures.

Staff spent the summer finishing the bridge and other projects like the kitchen that had to be put on hold last year.

Guests will also notice a new pond filled with paddle boats. Post said the pond doubles as a holding place for the water used for the new irrigation system.

“We use underground drip irrigation to irrigate the farm. It helps conserve water and it’s great for pumpkins, pumpkins do very well with underground drip,” Post said. “In order to have that system we had to put in a holding pond for our water which is great because it doubles as a great amenity for our guests.”

Your only chance to check out these sunflowers is Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 6-7.

In order to avoid overflow, tickets will only be sold online this year. Post said it’s important to arrive at your designated ticket time, so there is enough staff here to help you.

For more information on how to purchase tickets click here.

Copyright 2022 KOLD News 13. All rights reserved.

John Officer plans on winning election

Marana Town Council member John Officer is a true Arizonan.“I don’t need those trails,” Officer said. “Because I’ll just walk out in the desert.”Although Officer is an Arizona native without the need for formal walking trails, he worked on the Marana Parks and Recreation commission creating durable trails for Marana residents. He’s an avid outdoorsman, going as far as to hike the Arizona Trail from Mexico to Utah.Officer assisted with creating new trails for the Arizona Trail. He...

Marana Town Council member John Officer is a true Arizonan.

“I don’t need those trails,” Officer said. “Because I’ll just walk out in the desert.”

Although Officer is an Arizona native without the need for formal walking trails, he worked on the Marana Parks and Recreation commission creating durable trails for Marana residents. He’s an avid outdoorsman, going as far as to hike the Arizona Trail from Mexico to Utah.

Officer assisted with creating new trails for the Arizona Trail. He followed old cattle and deer trails, clearing them for hikers.

“It gives people a connection to what is created here on this earth that we can all enjoy,” Officer said.

After serving on the Parks and Recreation Commission, Officer ran for Marana Town Council. His campaign was successful, and Officer served in the council for five years, he plans on winning again.

The primary election is Aug. 2, followed by the primary on Nov. 8.

Officer’s first term began with the issue of water at the forefront. He utilized 32 years of experience working for the Central Arizona Project (CAP) to guide his decisions on council.

“I was living on Harquahala Valley in high school and there’s this canal and this big dirt hill out in the middle of the desert that I went out and rode my motorcycle down,” Officer said. “I had no idea that 10 years later I would be working for them.”

In August 2018, the Mayor and Town Council approved the construction of two water treatment facilities in areas where contaminants known as PFAs were detected. This decision was a response to Tucson Water’s findings of 1,4-Dioxane and PFAs above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) health recommendations. Both contaminants are industrial chemicals that are considered harmful to human health through repeated exposure over time.

“We put in two filtration systems at two of our newer sites, so we’ve got the purest water in Southern Arizona coming out of those,” Officer said.

Due to pandemic-dictated delays, the treatment facilities were finished in March 2021 rather than their projected opening of 2020.

Officer said water conservation is a necessity for Marana’s growth and commends the city of Tucson’s techniques for conserving water. He said Tucson’s population has grown rapidly but its water usage hasn’t changed drastically since the 1990s.

In the 1980s, Tucson Water implemented its reclaimed water program. This program recycled used water for Tucson water customers and revitalized plant life in many Tucson areas. In 2019, Tucson Water implemented the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project. A project that is aimed at recovering the Santa Cruz River water resources by adding up to 2.8 million gallons of treated recycled water to the Santa Cruz River daily.

“My deal is what are you doing to conserve water in Arizona?” Officer said. “I’m not going to mandate you, or wish that the town mandates you, I’m going to do like the city of Tucson has done ever since they started running the water.”

Officer said Marana is going to grow and water is on the minds of new home builders due to drought. He said this is the reason builders have made homes closer together with less yard space.

“They shrunk the outside area down and made sure they offered a home in a community that has a pool area where everybody can go,” Officer said.

He said shrinking yard space was an effort to limit the usage of water resources for backyard pools.

Ahead of this next election, Officer said that Marana will continue to grow with water conservation in mind and the council will continue to work with new developers.

“I’ve never seen a community quit growing and survive, they gotta grow,” Officer said.

Monsoon rain brings significant flood threat, impacting travel to Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – Heavy monsoon rains are hitting the Southwest for the second day in a row, triggering concerns about flooding.On Friday, a school bus got stuck in floodwaters near Marana, Arizona, and the students on board had to be rescued. Luckily, everyone was OK.This comes after impressive rain totals over the past 24 hours in the Tucson area.In Pima County, Anvil Ranch saw a little over 3 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Huachuca City in Cochise County saw 2.77 inches...

TUCSON, Ariz. – Heavy monsoon rains are hitting the Southwest for the second day in a row, triggering concerns about flooding.

On Friday, a school bus got stuck in floodwaters near Marana, Arizona, and the students on board had to be rescued. Luckily, everyone was OK.

This comes after impressive rain totals over the past 24 hours in the Tucson area.

In Pima County, Anvil Ranch saw a little over 3 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Huachuca City in Cochise County saw 2.77 inches of rain.

We're still in the middle of monsoon season, and the Southwest is getting soaked. Flood Watches are in effect across Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. Portions of Arizona have already gotten some rain, and there is more on the way through the weekend. Tucson Fire Department Fire Chief Chuck Ryan joins FOX Weather with the latest efforts.

There was also significant monsoonal activity to the northwest in the Valley of the Sun. In the Phoenix area, power lines were knocked out in Peoria and thousands were left without electricity.

This year’s monsoon has packed quite the punch. For those unfamiliar, this weather event kicks up in the Southwest every summer and usually lasts from mid-June until the end of September.

It’s marked by powerful storms that roll in on moist winds from northern Mexico.

This year , the Southwest has seen fierce rains, flash flooding, lots of lightning and massive dust storms that rolled across the desert.

Some areas in northern Arizona where there have been wildfires earlier in the summer have seen destructive debris flows because there isn’t any more vegetation to hold the soil in place.

Though in other areas, the heavy rain has been welcome.

Arizona, like much of the West, is in the midst of a drought, and the rain has helped with those dry conditions.

More rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout Saturday. Flood Watches have been issued by the National Weather Service through Sunday for more than 8 million people because of the threat of additional heavy rains.

(FOX Weather)

On Saturday, the most significant risk of flooding will most likely be focused on southern Arizona, New Mexico and extreme west Texas. This includes Tucson, Arizona; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and El Paso, Texas.

Rainfall totals of 1 and 2 inches are expected from southern Arizona into southern New Mexico through late Saturday, with localized communities picking up 5 inches.

Forecast models show a significant decrease in precipitation to start the workweek, which will help communities recently inundated with rain.

Marana’s cotton crops are safe for now

Pima County’s cotton crop is not likely to be deeply affected by the Southwest’s mega-drought and Colorado River water cutbacks this year thanks to wells and recharging of aquifers, growers and agriculture experts say.Hundreds of acres of Pima cotton will be cultivated and irrigated in the Marana area this summer, but where does that leave future cotton crops? Their survival depends on water availability, cotton futures, the higher costs of farming and urbanization.“Marana is pretty good so far,” said Vi...

Pima County’s cotton crop is not likely to be deeply affected by the Southwest’s mega-drought and Colorado River water cutbacks this year thanks to wells and recharging of aquifers, growers and agriculture experts say.

Hundreds of acres of Pima cotton will be cultivated and irrigated in the Marana area this summer, but where does that leave future cotton crops? Their survival depends on water availability, cotton futures, the higher costs of farming and urbanization.

“Marana is pretty good so far,” said Vice Mayor Jon Post, a Marana-area cotton grower. “We’re going to be insulated from most of the (Colorado River) cutbacks. I’ve got several thousand acres planted. No one’s cutting back yet,” Post said.

Marana gets some water from the Central Arizona Project but not to the extent growers were receiving in Pinal County. Farmers there suffered devasting effects after water was cut this summer by nearly 20 percent, or 512,000 acre feet (one acre-foot of water supplies about 2,000 homes annually).

Those cuts also affected dairy, alfalfa and other farmers as well as businesses related to agriculture in Pinal County.

Last August the Bureau of Reclamation declared a water shortage at Lake Mead. Lake Mead is one of the Colorado River’s main reservoirs and water levels have fallen to historic lows. More than one-third of the state’s water flows through the Colorado River to Lake Mead.

In Pima County, where some 45% of land area is in farms, the farming situation is different.

“Marana has amazing groundwater,” Post said. “The (farming) district is more than 100 years old. Our groundwater is outstanding. Everybody’s recharging groundwater and doing a lot of water-saving projects.”

Those include land leveling to make sure water is evenly spread in fields and adding drip irrigation.

“Marana has worked hard,” Post said. “The Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District has worked hard with a lot of entities in the region to prepare for this and that. Marana is a very unique place in the state.”

The Cortaro Water Users’ Association (CWUA) is the agent for the Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District. It was organized in 1964, but it goes back to 1918 when it was known as Cortaro Farms. In 1946 it was sold to individuals and the CWUA was incorporated.

The district is a state agency. It has 42 operating wells and three pumps to transfer water from the CAP canal to irrigation canals. The wells deliver more than 30,000 acre-feet of water every irrigation season, the organization’s website says.

The district also has an allotment of treated water pumped into the rivers by the sewage treatment plant on Ina Road. This water is used to recharge ground water.

Agriculture technology also helped Marana cotton farmers be more efficient, Post said. Field monitors and soil monitors have changed the way farmers apply water and fertilizer.

Pima cotton, the type grown by Marana growers, was developed at the University of Arizona by the late Walker Bryan, a university plant breeder. Released in 1953, the variety has longer and stronger fibers than upland cotton and is in high demand. Arizona produces about half the Pima cotton in the U.S.

“Marana is a very productive area with a moderate growing season,” said Jeffrey C. Silvertooth. Silvertooth, a professor at the University of Arizona, has a Ph.D. in soil science.

As long as the Marana area has good soil and water cotton growers will survive, he said. “It’s (Pima cotton) a stable crop and there’s a good market for it right now,” Silvertooth said. “The market is extremely strong around the world. It’s (Marana) a small niche, but it’s extremely productive. They have good farmers out there.”

Before the Great Recession, Silvertooth said a lot of Marana agriculture land was purchased by developers. Yet when the housing market crunch came they leased land back to farmers for agriculture.

This year Arizona cotton farmers planted 20,000 acres of Pima cotton compared to just 9,000 acres last year. Upland cotton farmers drastically reduced planting this year with just 82,000 acres compared to 120,000 acres in 2021. Upland cotton is a different species from Pima cotton.

The state’s total cotton crop in the 2020-2021 market totaled 1,396,684 bales, and growers were paid 73 cents a pound. The number of bales dropped compared to the 2019-2020 market when 1,614,995 bales were harvested.

Cotton is sold on the futures market, and it has changed dramatically in the last four to five years, Post said.

Inflation is a large factor in farming costs today, he said. “Our major input revolves around oil, a lot of diesel, fertilizers, chemicals and other petroleum-based products.”

The costs of those items have increased faster than consumer products, Post said. “Tractors are up 30 percent, if you can find one.”

Despite the challenges Pima County cotton growers face, Post remains optimistic.

“Marana’s always going to have some kind of agriculture,” he said. “It will be interesting to see where development grows. I don’t think I’d worry about Marana losing its agriculture heritage.”

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