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News & Events

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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HOW DOES YOUR WATER USE STACK UP?

January 14, 2015

With all of the resources to ‘check out’ at City of Mesa Libraries, we’ve just included another unique addition. Just inside the lobby at Mesa Main, you can’t miss the 16-foot tall pyramid of 136 water jugs – a display that reminds, and in many cases, shocks consumers with the fact that they use this much water every day. Free …

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Winning with Wayne Drop – The 2014 Kid’s Contest Wraps Up

December 16, 2014

We have a winner in the 2014 Water – Use It Wisely Kid’s Contest! The contest was a smash hit, with 2,778 total entrants who downloaded the Where’s Wayne Activity Book and helped Wayne Drop, the Water – Use It Wisely mascot, save water around his house. But there could only be one winner of a Disneyland family vacation, and …

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Tree Care – Understanding the Language of Tree Service Contracts

December 11, 2014

When people ask for help pruning their trees, many aren’t sure what to ask for. They know their trees need work but they don’t how to describe it. Tree service ads don’t help. They use terms such as trimming, cutting, topping, rounding, crowning, heading, shearing, lacing, sculpting, wind-sailing and the list goes on. The words attempt to describe pruning operations …

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The Best Landscaper of All

November 19, 2014

We frequently receive requests asking for names of good landscapers. Because we must remain impartial, we aren’t able to make any recommendations. Except for one….Mother Nature. Use her as a guide and you’ll hardly go wrong. For instance, in nature, rain flows over the canopy of a tree and cascades to the ground from the edges of the branches. We call it the drip line. This is where 90 percent …

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5 Easy Ways to Teach Kids to Save Water

November 14, 2014

When it comes to water conservation, we believe it starts at home… with our children. It is so easy to teach children from the very beginning the importance of conserving one of the Earth’s most valuable resources. Together, we can build a foundation of knowledge so our children all grow up to be stewards of the Earth. Help your kids …

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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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How to Harvest Rainwater

November 3, 2014

In this arid land, when it rains, it really does pour. Residents who hope to take advantage of this free, yet ephemeral water have begun a revival in the ancient practice of rainwater harvesting, which involves capturing and storing rainwater near where it falls. It’s no surprise that people are interested: harvesting rainwater can save energy and water, reduce the …

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New Kids Page and Kids Contest – Did Someone Say Disneyland?!

October 30, 2014

It’s time to get out of the kiddie pool and check out the new, all-grown-up Water – Use It Wisely Kids page. It has a slick new look and is easier to navigate than ever, so kids and adults can poke around, have fun and learn about water conservation in new ways. Parents and teachers will love our water saving tip posters. …

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Outdoor Water Use – Fall Checkup

October 29, 2014

Fall is here! And it’s a great time to conduct an outdoor water use checkup, which could help you save water and money. Here are some tips to help you get started: Watering As temperatures begin to drop, you’ll need to water your landscaping less frequently. Make sure you water thoroughly and deeply at each watering. This way, roots are …

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Fall Planting – Wildflowers and More!

October 22, 2014

Fall is a fantastic time to plant because soil temperatures are still warm, encouraging root growth and development while allowing plants to get better established before next summer’s heat sets in. Also, with cooler temperatures, plants need less water and it is a much more forgiving time of year to put new plants in the ground. It’s also the time …

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Create a Water-Wise Herb Container Garden

October 21, 2014

Do you enjoy using fresh herbs when you cook? If so, you probably know how expensive they can be. What if fresh herbs were as close as your garden? Herbs are easy to grow and aren’t fussy. You may be surprised to find that herbs make great container plants and are a great alternative to flowering annuals. So, why should …

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