RIO VERDE, ARIZONA’S FIRST CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY

In 2015, Rio Verde – a private community located 40 miles northeast of Phoenix – earned the Green Community Award and was designated as the first Certified Sustainable Community in Arizona by Audubon International, a non-profit environmental education organization. Rio Verde was the first community in the Western United States and the… Read More

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EXPERT INTERVIEW SERIES: RESIDENTIAL WATER CONSERVATION

Tina Sleeper, a Water Resource Specialist at the City of Phoenix and member of Water – Use It Wisely, explains,  “My dream is that the urban water cycle becomes as well known as the natural water cycle.” Tina spoke with Harry Helmet recently about residential water conservation and why it’s so important…. Read More

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ARE YOU CURIOUS?

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein Eyes alert, hands touching, and “why” bouncing off the tip of his diving board tongue, my nephew is a ball of inquisitive, non-stop energy. Traveling around Arizona as a water educator, I encountered youth in diverse circumstances… Read More

GOODYEAR: FIXING A LEAK MEANS FREE BASEBALL TICKETS

Fix a Leak Week is a big deal around here. This year it’s even bigger for City of Goodyear baseball fans. Fix a Leak Week is a funny name for a serious campaign. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense Program started the campaign five years ago after researchers revealed some… Read More

RAINWATER GARDEN WINS 2014 “CATCH THE RAIN” PHOTO CONTEST

Community Invited to See Best-in-Show Garden at Glendale’s Main Library The City of Glendale’s Water Services Department, Conservation and Sustainability Division, known for its award-winning programs, took home another honor. Glendale received top ranking in the 2014 Water Resources Research Center’s “Catch the Rain” photo contest and captured the Best-in-Show prize… Read More

The Edible Gardening Series: Save The Seeds!

Welcome to the third installment of our early fall series on water-wise edible gardening. So far, we’ve talked about The Basics of Water-Wise Edible Gardening and introduced you to harvesting edibles from the landscape in our blog Putting The Desert In Dessert. Now it’s time to talk about seed saving… Read More

Looking for Color, Shade and Easy Maintenance? Convert from Grass to Xeriscape!

Many valley cities are offering you cash! Cash for your grass that is! The purpose of a grass-to-Xeriscape program is to help customers reduce their landscape water use by half or more by replacing their water-thirsty lawns with landscape plants more suitable for our Sonoran Desert climate. What does Xeriscape mean? Xeriscape (zeer-a-scape) is… Read More

It’s the Perfect Time… To Kill Your Lawn!

It’s summertime! Your grass is finally greening up and is even filling in nicely where you had brown spots. The conditions are perfect… perfect for killing your lawn, that is. Keeping a green, attractive lawn isn’t a simple task in the low desert. Grass doesn’t just grow where there is… Read More

Water Shortages: The Big Picture

The drought and potential shortages of Colorado River water have everyone talking. That’s good news because no one seems to pay attention to water issues if there isn’t a crisis brewing. It’s also the bad news because everyone–pundits, politicians and prognosticator–has an opinion, which makes it tough to determine how… Read More

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