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Help Track Rainfall with Rainlog.org and Make a Difference!

July 12, 2024

Rain Can Be Hit or Miss – Especially During Summer Monsoons A little red-headed girl once sang “The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun…” Since many areas in Arizona receive over 300 sunny days a year, the state certainly lives up to the sunshine in the song. But what about rainfall? Have …

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School’s Out and Water’s In: 5 Ways to Save Water Over Summer Break

June 23, 2024

Hey there! It’s Wayne Drop, your favorite water-saving pal from Water – Use It Wisely. As school ends and summer begins, it’s time to unleash your water-saving powers at home! I’ve got five splash-tastic ways to conserve water during your epic summer break. After all, it’s a break from school, not from saving water.   1. Turn Off the Faucet …

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Build a Rain Garden: Nature Based Solutions from Schools to Your Home

June 13, 2024

Living in the desert in Arizona, we are no strangers to extreme heat and sparse rainfall. As temperatures rise, so do health concerns. However, we can harness the limited rain the desert provides to build communities resilient to these challenges. One approach to achieving this is through “nature-based solutions,” which leverage natural systems to enhance both community health and watershed …

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Monthly Watering Text Alert Takes Guess Work Out of Watering

May 28, 2024

The watering needs for your yard vary from season to season and even month to month. So, regularly adjusting your irrigation schedule is essential. It is also an easy way to save water and money while ensuring your plants get the proper amount of water they need to thrive, yet it often gets overlooked.   To better assist residents with …

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Can It Be Flushed? The Answer is Likely, NO!

May 6, 2024

THIS IS GOING TO “Be GROSS” It’s time to talk about something unpleasant, folks, because what you flush matters, and I’ll tell you why. Hold onto your seats while I take you through a guided tour of a typical wastewater treatment plant. SOCKS, BASEBALLS, AND RUBBER DUCKIES. OH MY. On any given day, wastewater treatment operators encounter a staggering variety …

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Keep the Splash In Your Pool: Is Your Pool Leaking?

April 24, 2024

The start of summer is here, the temperatures are heating up, and that means it’s swim season. It’s time to get your pool in tip top shape, which includes determining if your pool is leaking. In our dry, Arizona desert climate, the typical swimming pool can evaporate its equivalent water volume in one year — up to 25,000 gallons. Along …

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Arbor Day is Friday, April 26!

April 18, 2024

Friday, April 26th is Arbor Day, a special day set aside to encourage the planting and proper care of trees.  It has been 152 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. The 1st official Arbor Day was created by Morton and …

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Detect and Chase Down Leaks with the 10-Minute WaterSense Challenge

March 19, 2024

Take the 10-Minute Challenge Did you know that easy-to-fix water leaks account for nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes? In fact, the average household leaks almost 10,000 gallons of water per year, or the amount of water it takes to wash nearly 300 loads of laundry, and could be costing you an extra 10 …

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April = Celebrations of Nature & Water

March 13, 2024

Spring is in the air, and so is the spirit of water conservation! This April, Water – Use It Wisely is gearing up for several exciting events that highlight the importance of water-saving efforts. A variety of activities – from Water Awareness Month to Earth Day to Arbor Day – means that there are plenty of opportunities to have fun …

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10 Water-Saving Resolutions for 2024

January 9, 2024

  2024 is here and water conservation is more important than ever. As we embark on a new year, we’ve rounded up 10 easy water-saving resolutions, to make 2024 the year of a more water-conscious lifestyle. Whether you’re a gardening guru or just getting your feet wet in water conservation, these resolutions are here to turn your everyday routines into …

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Gift Ideas That Keep On Saving

December 10, 2023

‘Tis the season of giving… and saving! Look no further than this Water – Use It Wisely approved holiday wish list. WaterSense Labeled Fixtures Who doesn’t want a gift that keeps on giving month after month with water and even energy savings? WaterSense labeled fixtures like a showerhead, irrigation controller, bathroom faucet, and how about a regular or dual-flush toilet? …

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Superstition Springs Transit Center Planting Event Restores Desert Landscaping

November 30, 2023

Beautiful trees and shrubs, including milkweed and other pollinator-friendly varieties, now grace the walkways and parking areas of the Superstition Springs Transit Center. This transformative project is the result of collaborative efforts between Mesa and its partners: Meta, Mesa High School, and the Arizona Sustainability Alliance. Additional support for the initiative came from Valley Metro and the Superstition Springs Center …

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