Water Conservation in AZ


Among the various water conservation efforts in Arizona is the Water – Use It Wisely campaign. This educational resource advertises on a number of outlets, directing water users to its website, Wateruseitwisely.com. The advertising and outreach are funded by a variety of water suppliers, from  cities (including Phoenix, Mesa, and Glendale) to private water companies, to the Salt River Project.

Water – Use It Wisely’s website includes a number of tips of its own, as well as a plethora of links to other water-conservation resources. One of the site’s features is a quick-and-easy Home Water Audit, which allows residents to calculate a numerical score between 0 and 36 based on how often they use residential best practices.

Another set of information that Water – Use It Wisely provides is a list of municipal Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens that include addresses and a few pictures of municipal parks or other public parks that have water-conserving landscaping. In Tempe, the Tempe Woman’s Club Park is also the city’s Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, and the Parks Department collaborates with the Water Resources Division of the Water Department to ensure that the park’s landscaping conserves as much water as possible. Visitors to this park won’t find any of the grass or Chinese Elms often found in other Tempe parks. Instead, the park is exclusively paved with gravel, and filled with Palo Verde and other desert flora.

Xeriscape Demonstration Garden

A Palo Verde is in full bloom in this undated photo at Tempe’s Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.

Tempe, along with Water – Use It Wisely, hope that these gardens will encourage people to convert their lawns (and deciduous, drought-intolerant trees when possible) with a more xeriscape-style landscape to conserve water. New home construction in Arizona often includes landscaping that uses less water, but whenever a water provider can convince a homeowner to convert to xeriscaping, the water provider gets more water to sell to another user.

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