Ever wondered how Central Arizona Project (CAP) is governed? CAP is managed and operated by the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD), which contracts with the federal government for the delivery of CAP water, repayment of CAP costs 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.
Where does the public come in? The General Manager reports to the 15-member CAWCD Board of Directors. Members are popularly elected from Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties and serve staggered, unpaid, six-year terms. The Board is responsible for establishing policy and typically meets twice each month – the first Thursday of the month for a board meeting and the third Thursday of the month in committees. These meetings are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend. Residents of Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties vote for their CAWCD representatives on the general election ballot every two years in the fall.