Archive for January, 2016

RAINWATER HARVESTING: ANYONE CAN DO IT

January 7, 2016

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘water harvesting?’ Do you imagine a giant cistern collecting water? Can you envision a complicated system of pipes leading from your roof to your outdoor landscape? If so, you are completely right! What you may not realize is that there are some very simple ways that you can utilize rainwater for your …

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EXPERT INTERVIEW SERIES: RESIDENTIAL WATER CONSERVATION

January 13, 2016

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. What was your professional path that led to your work …

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TURN OFF THOSE TIMERS — BUT FOR HOW LONG?

January 18, 2016

With the super El Niño upon us, it begs the question—do I really need to be watering my landscape plants right now? Follow along by watching this video from Gilbert Digital and Gilbert Water Conservation about how to easily turn off your irrigation timer (also called an irrigation controller) before expected winter rains without disturbing your seasonal irrigation programs. How long …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER: WADING IN THE BLACK RIVER

January 26, 2016

The Black River is located within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which runs along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains in east-central Arizona. It flows southwest through the White Mountains and forms the border between the Fort Apache Indian Reservation to the north, and the San Carlos Indian Reservation to the south. Upper reaches of the river, closer to the …

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PLANT OF THE MONTH: ALOE

January 27, 2016

Aloes are striking succulents from southern and eastern Africa that offer some of the best color for Arizona gardens with their impressive and long-lasting show of flowers during the winter and early spring. Aloes have numerous forms ranging from low groundcovers to treelike species. Small clustering forms work well in containers and the tree forms work well as accents or …

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RIO VERDE, ARIZONA’S FIRST CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY

January 28, 2016

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 second private community in the country to earn this award …

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