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IN ARIZONA WE CARE, WE’RE WATER AWARE

March 26, 2015

APRIL IS WATER AWARENESS MONTH! April is right around the corner, and it is full of fun and educational water-related activities. This is because April is Water Awareness Month (WAM)! To celebrate, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is partnering with many organizations from around the state to encourage Arizonians to adopt water-efficient lifestyles. A fun and interactive website …

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IS YOUR TOILET RUNNING?

February 25, 2015

Grab a wrench and fix that leak! Water leaks in a home can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water per year. That’s enough to fill a backyard swimming pool! The most common types of leaks found in the home include leaking toilets, dripping faucets and showerheads, and other seeping valves. Fixing water leaks is simple and easy to do …

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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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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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Overseeding A Winter Lawn?

September 11, 2014

I hear the whirring of the lawn mowers and see the dust in the air. It’s overseeding season! It’s a familiar scene in neighborhoods across the Valley every fall… the sound of a roaring lawn mower trailed by a cloud of dust. Immersed in the dusty fog is a homeowner or landscaper engaged in the seasonal ritual of scalping a …

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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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BEAT THE HEAT AND LEARN HOW TO SAVE YOUR CLIENTS WATER, MONEY, AND TIME!

July 18, 2014

Join the next session of Smartscape classes for landscape professionals and receive expert instruction on how to better serve your clients. The Smartscape program is a comprehensive, research‐based training program that instructs landscape professionals in the fundamentals of design, installation, irrigation, and maintenance of low‐water‐use landscapes. The need for efficient water use, the regulatory environment, methods of water conservation in …

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Top 5 Reasons to Collect Rainwater for Your Landscape

July 4, 2014

July is not only Smart Irrigation Month, but it’s also our summer monsoon season. There’s no better time to talk about rainwater harvesting. Here are our best reasons to take advantage of this great resource.  1. Rain is free Wouldn’t it be great if water just fell out of the sky? Okay, I’m kidding… it’s hard to imagine that right …

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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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