Archive for “Conservation” Category

Six Easy Ways to Reduce Your Landscape Water Use

May 8, 2013

If you want to create a healthy, attractive landscape and one that saves water to boot, then you can’t go wrong with Xeriscape. This concept of landscape design follows seven horticultural principles, including good planning, low water use plants, appropriate turf areas, efficient irrigation, soil improvements, use of mulches and lastly, proper maintenance. The way you maintain your landscape can …

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

April 24, 2018

Summer is almost here, the temperatures are heating up, and that means it’s almost swim season. So now is the 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 …

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Get Your Irrigation System in Order for Fall

October 8, 2014

The cool season brings with it the renewal of the mind and body—gone are the long, hot summer days, at least for the foreseeable future. So what better time to get out into your yard and examine the state of your irrigation system? As Water Conservation Specialists, we often see overwatering of the landscape in the fall months.  Plants simply …

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May 26, 2015

If you want to find out how to save water and keep a little grass in the backyard, how about asking a city with more than 400 acres of Bermuda to care for? The City of Scottsdale maintains 42 parks that include about 416 acres of grass. Six of the city’s largest parks are strung along Indian Bend Wash, an …

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March 11, 2016

Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), invites you to Wild About Wildlife, its inaugural fun fair event! Water – Use It Wisely will be in attendance with a booth and fantastic giveaways. Roughly 6,000 injured, ill, or orphaned animals are brought for care to Liberty Wildlife each year.  That has added up to 80 or 90 thousand animals over …

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October 3, 2016

The best time to think about how you’ll water your landscape is actually before you install it. That’s because a healthy and efficient landscape plan considers how much water your plants need and how best to get that water to the root systems of your plants. This week’s video brings Lisa Osborne, the Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab Contest winner, …

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May 23, 2017

Effective steps to prevent liquid losses from your backyard resort This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on swimming pool water conservation. This article was originally posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on March 28, 2016 and is being reprinted with permission.  There’s good news for water-conscious swimming pool owners: Backyards with pools may actually be more water-efficient than those …

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

March 16, 2020

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 percent on your water …

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How Are Arizona Cities Promoting Water Conservation?

February 12, 2019

“Here’s the bottom line: We’re in a 19-year-drought,” said Gov. Doug Ducey in his 2019 State of the State address. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.” According to Ducey, securing the state’s water future is now Arizona’s most pressing issue. More than one-third — about 36 percent — of Arizona water comes from the Colorado River, making …

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Celebrating 20 Years with our Top 20 Water-Saving Resources

December 5, 2019

We are very excited to share with our readers that this year, Water – Use It Wisely celebrated its 20th anniversary of helping Arizonans save water with a variety of water-saving resources. What began in 1999 as a joint effort between Mesa, Phoenix, and Scottsdale to launch a water conservation campaign is now one of the largest conservation movements of …

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What are the best gifts to shower Mom with?

May 10, 2013

Water-friendly ones, of course!  Here are some great Mother’s Day ideas that are bound to please your Mom and Mother Earth as well. Thinking of ways to “shower” Mom with love this Mother’s day?  Showerheads and faucet fixtures are the “jewels” of the plumbing world and make a great gift that any practical Mom will appreciate.  On top of that, …

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Xeriscape is not Zeroscape

June 24, 2014

Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden shows that saving water can be beautiful. It’s a common mispronunciation, but it’s also a telling Freudian slip: saying “zeroscape” instead of “xeriscape” (pronounced ZEER-escape). To xeriscape is to design a garden that conserves water through the use of drought-tolerant plants grouped according to water needs, water-collection systems, mulch, non-wasteful irrigation, and other commonsense yet once-radical gardening …

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