Water Conservation Staffs Adapt Programs for Safety and Convenience
By AMWUA Staff
During these unprecedented times, having a variety of water conservation programs accessible to residents and businesses remains a priority for the AMWUA cities because focusing on wise water use never stops. That is why water conservation staffs continue to work diligently behind the scenes to provide you with a variety of information and resources to help you achieve water efficiency indoors and out.
Currently, those conservation specialists continue to look at accessible and creative ways to maintain their outreach efforts while ensuring physical distancing for the safety of all involved. They are increasing the availability of online workshops, virtual classes, and building a library of resources, including printed materials and videos, which is in addition to the shared conservation resources and programs they have collectively developed.
A perfect example of the more accessible online learning that is now available is the City of Tempe's Sustainable Living Workshop Series, which includes live workshops as well as self-paced videos for convenience on topics such as Watering 101 and Tree Pruning Tips.
The City of Phoenix launched Water Education from the Cloud, a new digital education page with free resources or all ages including activity books, games, and lesson plans for kids at home and videos for all ages. The Watercloud also features landscape and leak resources for adults, too.
To be flexible and provide continued service to customers during this COVID-19 situation, the Town of Gilbert is offering their Water Efficiency Checkups virtually. Gilbert’s water conservation experts have worked to adapt their in-person appointments, so they can safely help assess any homeowner’s specific situation and water use.
Also, each municipality provides its own unique blend of water conservation programs, like rebates, tailored to meet their customers' needs and to best address their water management goals within each municipality. A variety of rebates are currently available to help residents in the AMWUA cities save water and money - both indoors and out.
Inside your home, you may be eligible to receive a rebate for WaterSense labeled water fixtures and other high-efficiency fittings and appliances. While outdoors, there are available rebates for landscape conversion or the installation of smart irrigation controllers, just to name a few.
Many of the cities also offer non-residential rebates for businesses, commercial properties, and HOAs looking to increase their water efficiency with things such as plumbing fixtures and with their surrounding landscape.
Cities budget a limited amount of money for these programs, so it's worth taking a look to improve your water efficiency. You can download a list of local rebates here, or visit the rebates section for the most up to date information, including how to apply for the available rebate programs within your city.
As your cities’ conservation experts continue to work on developing additional online content, including classes, workshops, and how-to videos, don't hesitate to explore what already exists. There is a little something for everyone, including a variety of online kids programs and activities, including coloring sheets from the City of Avondale or order free activity booklets from the City of Scottsdale. After all, we all play a part in water conservation - regardless of age.
For over 50 years, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association has worked to protect our member cities' ability to provide assured, safe, and sustainable water supplies to their communities. For more water information, visit www.amwua.org.
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