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News & Events

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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CELEBRATE AZ WATER: WADING IN THE BLACK RIVER

January 26, 2016

The Black River is located within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which runs along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains in east-central Arizona. It flows southwest through the White Mountains and forms the border between the Fort Apache Indian Reservation to the north, and the San Carlos Indian Reservation to the south. Upper reaches of the river, closer to the …

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TURN OFF THOSE TIMERS — BUT FOR HOW LONG?

January 18, 2016

With the super El Niño upon us, it begs the question—do I really need to be watering my landscape plants right now? Follow along by watching this video from Gilbert Digital and Gilbert Water Conservation about how to easily turn off your irrigation timer (also called an irrigation controller) before expected winter rains without disturbing your seasonal irrigation programs. How long …

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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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RAINWATER HARVESTING: ANYONE CAN DO IT

January 7, 2016

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘water harvesting?’ Do you imagine a giant cistern collecting water? Can you envision a complicated system of pipes leading from your roof to your outdoor landscape? If so, you are completely right! What you may not realize is that there are some very simple ways that you can utilize rainwater for your …

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WHAT’S IN YOUR WATER?

December 23, 2015

Did you know that you could have your home tested for lead and copper every three years at no cost to you? Every three years, water providers must conduct lead and copper sampling from inside the homes of those they serve. The sample must be collected from a faucet in the home after a six-hour period of no water use …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US AT THE MOGOLLON RIM

December 14, 2015

The Mogollon Rim (pronounced “muggy-own”) is an extensive rocky cliff that runs 200 miles diagonally across Arizona. The powerful forces of erosion and faulting over thousands of years shape and mold this sheer cliff that represents the Southern portion of the Colorado Plateau. The high elevation provides a fantastic opportunity for breath-taking views over hundreds of miles to the east, …

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3 TIPS TO SAVE A HOLIDAY PARTY FROM GREASE BACK UP

November 19, 2015

You probably already know not to pour grease down the kitchen drain. But what about the holiday turkey and gravy? Or the skins from the potatoes or the leftover pumpkin pie? Unfortunately, they’re also sources of fats, oil and grease – known as FOG – and some of the leading causes of sewer damage and backups. Because the sewers receive …

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GLENDALE CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM

November 18, 2015

The Glendale Water Services Department’s Water Conservation program is celebrating 30 years of working with the community to save water – our most precious resource! Established in 1985, the mission of the Water Conservation Office is to provide a comprehensive water conservation program that promotes efficient water use by providing the information and inspiration needed—to save water.  This comprehensive program …

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PLANT OF THE MONTH: MUHLENBERGIA

November 13, 2015

These spectacular, non-invasive, ornamental clumping grasses are versatile and require very little maintenance. Muhlenbergias are native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico at elevations of 2500 to 7000 feet. With over 125 species, this large and diverse group can be used as a vertical specimen or accent, a softening feature around boulders and contrasting dessert plants, or a …

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WHICH WATER EFFICIENCY PROGRAM IS BEST FOR YOU?

November 11, 2015

You may not be an irrigation or water nerd like us, but if you are, you’ve likely heard of the two major types of water efficiency programs: WaterSense and SWAT. But what are the differences? First, a bit of historical context. SWAT History SWAT, or Smart Water Application Technologies, an initiative of the Irrigation Association (IA), is a national partnership of …

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VISIT US AT THE 2015 GREEN PLANET FESTIVAL!

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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