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PHXWaterSmart’s free landscape workshop: Rain Gardens

City of Phoenix Water Customers: Learn how to design an earth-friendly yard using simple earthworks and low-water-use plants To register for this free workshop, please visit phoenix.gov/wrc. Walk-ins are accepted as long as space permits.

WATER HARVESTING BASICS

Water harvesting is the capture and storage of rainfall to irrigate plants or to supply people and animals. It is one of the oldest known gardening methods. Water harvesting dates back to the beginning of agriculture. In the desert southwest, Tohono O’odham, and Hopi tribes still harvest rainwater after the onset of summer and winter rain. Did you ever play… Read More

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FOUR SIMPLE WAYS TO HELP OUT WITH THE DROUGHT

They’ve been hard to miss … stories about drought, Colorado River water shortages, and water restrictions in California and other surrounding states. Through actively managed water supplies and the development of extensive reservoirs and underground storage, Arizona has planned for moments like these (see 5 Things You Need To Know… Read More

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RAINWATER HARVESTING: ANYONE CAN DO IT

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… Read More

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WHEN THE SKY OPENS UP, IT’S TIME TO COLLECT

We all marvel at the beauty of a big desert storm and what it does for our plants. It’s like our landscapes are a little more alive after drinking a big gulp of rain. The clean, salt-free properties of rainwater are extremely beneficial for desert plants, and you can make… Read More

How to Harvest Rainwater

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… Read More

At Mesa’s Living Green workshop on rainwater harvesting, Scott…

At Mesa’s Living Green workshop on rainwater harvesting, Scott Bouchie, Deputy Director of Environmental & Sustainability presented information about S.T.O.R.M. (STormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities). Reducing runoff from properties redu…

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