Archive for “News and Events” Category

Is Your Toilet Running? This One Was at the “One for Water 4-Miler”

March 15, 2013

The One for Water 4-Miler was enjoyed by many last Saturday. This fun local race offered something for everyone – a fast course, desert scenery, fabulous prizes, swag, food, and a “tank chaser” to beat a running toilet. This 4-mile event was created to raise awareness for fixing leaks and encouraging water efficiency in our homes, landscapes and businesses. Leaky …

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The New Smart Home Water Guide is Hot off the Press, Literally!

April 1, 2014

Still hot from this week’s printing, the new Smart Home Water Guide is available to help residents find and repair leaks. Isn’t it time to start repairing leaks and saving money in your piggy bank again? According to the EPA, the average household loses more than 10,000 gallons of water each year through leaks—the same amount of water needed to …

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Cutting the Curb for Beneficial Use of Stormwater

November 6, 2014

On November 1, the morning was crisp and the volunteers were full of energy. Over 40 community members arrived at 7:30 a.m. to learn about green infrastructure and a relatively new idea called low impact development. By lunchtime a 20-foot wide and 200-foot long area in front of Mesa Urban Garden and neighboring restaurant, República Empanada, had over fifty native …

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October 26, 2015

The Green Planet Festival is a full day of sustainability-themed exhibitions, workshops, live music, food and drinks and plenty more. On Saturday, November 7th, the event is coming to Phoenix for the first time ever, and Water – Use It Wisely will be there! Join us at booth 104 at the Phoenix Convention Center starting at 11 a.m. to learn …

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June 2, 2016

In the Spring of 2016, Water – Use It Wisely, along with our fabulous promotional partners, including Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, the Arizona Nursery Association and its Plant Something campaign, and the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association, gave away a backyard makeover through a promotion with ABC15 TV. A remarkable 10,901 of you entered to win the Drab-to-Fab Backyard Rehab …

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February 13, 2017

Occasionally in the plant world, a new introduction comes along that gets everyone excited. In this case, not one, but three different, drought-tolerant shrubs have recently become quite popular with homeowners and landscape professionals. All of these shrubs belong to the Eremophila family and the reasons for their popularity range from the fact that they each have attractive, evergreen foliage, …

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August 1, 2017

Monsoon season is upon us and one important change you can make to help prevent ‘wind throw” (trees blowing over) has to do with watering. You should avoid watering near the trunk. Wet soil near the trunk discourages roots from growing out to the edge of the canopy where they should be. Wet soil near the trunk is also unstable and …

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Save your trees from monsoon damage

Garden of the B’s: A Restoration Story

January 23, 2018

Garden of the Bs: Arizona’s oldest high school, Mesa High, once offered a thriving agricultural education program to its students that included use of a field on campus for growing crops and grazing animals. But since the retirement of the program’s last teacher over 25 years ago, that one acre lot has been ignored, grew weeds, collected wind-blown trash, suffered …

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Why Do We Not Have Water Restrictions?

February 5, 2019

Q:  Why aren’t there water restrictions in place? We’re in a desert, we’re in a drought, and we are facing shortages of Colorado River water. Shouldn’t we be using less? Actually, we are using less. That fact, along with robust water portfolios and shortage preparation, is why the Phoenix area cities do not need to mandate additional water use reductions at this …

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Desert Plants and Desert Native Bees — A Potent Pollination Pairing!

August 21, 2019

Desert plants are challenged by hot and arid growing conditions. Water-wise gardening addresses their water needs and defines the best growing locations. But how can we be more confident that the timely pollination needed to set seeds, fruits, or nuts is accomplished? The answer is desert native bees, master pollinators of desert plants. The estimated 1,000 species of native bees …

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WaterSense Labeled Homes: Building in Water Savings for Arizona

October 11, 2021

We all know that water is an important resource, and Arizonans may understand that better than those in other parts of the country. In an area such as Central Arizona, saving water not only saves money and energy, but it also helps to ensure that communities will be able to grow and thrive for the next generation. WaterSense® is here …

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Rainwater Harvesting Expert Coming to Phoenix

April 2, 2013

Award-winning Rainwater Harvesting Expert and Author Brad Lancaster is Coming to Phoenix April 12th Friday, April 12th at 6 p.m. Phoenix City Hall Assembly Rooms A, B, C Free to the Public Free Parking in 305 Garage Before 6 p.m. Brad Lancaster, a dynamic teacher, consultant and designer of regenerative systems, will give a talk on general water-harvesting with the …

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