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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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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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GOODYEAR: FIXING A LEAK MEANS FREE BASEBALL TICKETS

February 10, 2015

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 startling data: An average household loses 10,000 gallons of water …

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RAINWATER GARDEN WINS 2014 “CATCH THE RAIN” PHOTO CONTEST

January 27, 2015

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 for a picture of the Glendale Rain Garden in action …

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

August 7, 2014

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 a term that defines a creative approach to landscaping that …

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Water Shortages: The Big Picture

June 27, 2014

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 the pieces fit together so we can see the big …

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Storm Water: From The Streets To Your Rivers and Parks

May 30, 2014

As if you needed a good reason to pick up after your dog, here is yet one more: storm drains. Phoenix, a city of blue skies and sunshine, maintains an 895-mile storm drain system. Desert storms are few but the hard and fast rain rushes across yards, driveways, sidewalks and streets. The torrents carry away oil from dripping cars, goop …

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Clinton Global Initiative Helps Transform PHX Renews

May 9, 2014

What can 650 college students, 100 veterans, and 150 community leaders accomplish in just three hours? They can turn a vacant lot into a neighborhood educational venue. In March, former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton brought together students from across the country and around the world to Arizona State University to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI …

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Five Ways to Celebrate Arizona Water Awareness Month

April 4, 2014

April is Water Awareness Month (WAM) in Arizona! The purpose of WAM is to create a greater awareness of water issues through community education, action and celebration. Arizona’s first Water Awareness Month (WAM) was proclaimed in April 2008 by the governor’s office to help create a culture of conservation. The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) partners with organizations throughout …

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July is Smart Irrigation Month!

July 20, 2013

What are you doing to celebrate Smart Irrigation Month? At Water – Use It Wisely, we’re always ready to celebrate the promotion of efficient water use and using water wisely! And, according to the Irrigation Association, that’s what Smart Irrigation Month is all about. Efficient Irrigation System Tips Automatic watering or sprinkler systems should be properly programmed to deliver just the right …

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Celebrate National Plumber’s Day on April 25th

April 23, 2013

Most people take plumbing for granted, that is until a plumbing disaster strikes their house and the chaos of blocked drains or clogged pipes ensues.  But a local company, Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber is reminding the public to take a moment to appreciate and salute America’s Plumbers on April 25th – National Plumber’s Day. It is no surprise that …

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Fixing Leaks for the “Not a Plumber” Crowd

March 5, 2013

Chasing leaks is hard work, fixing them is a walk in the park Leaks can be more than annoying. For every drip that keeps you awake at night, there is an associated expense for wasted water. The good news is that common leaks found in the home are easy to fix – they include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and …

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