How does a property become enrolled?
The municipal water provider that supplies water to the site notifies the water user when water service is established. The municipal provider is also required to notify the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR).
What must program participants do?
· Design, construct, and maintain their property to minimize water-intensive landscaped areas. All water intensive landscaping shall be planted in those areas directly associated with the turf-related facility's primary purposes. (Grass behind a maintenance shed does not support the mission of a school.)
· Submit images or plans documenting turf, water and low-water using acreages within 90 days of receiving ADWR's letter requesting documentation of acreage. The State uses the acreage to compute a base water allotment for the property.
· Prepare and submit a water conservation plan for review within 90 days of receiving a letter from ADWR that states the allotment. Update and follow the plan as required.
· Manage water use to meet the water conservation allotment.
· Report both water usage and landscape changes annually. Reports are prepared in the first quarter of the year for the prior calendar year.
What are water conservation allotments?
The water conservation allotment is the maximum amount of water the site is permitted to use for irrigation. The current allowances were established in consultation with industry representatives and water suppliers in the 1990s.
Low water using acres: 1.5 acre-feet/acre or 488,599 gallons/acre
Turf: 4.9 acre-feet/acre or 1,596,091 gallons/acre
Bodies of water 6.2 acre-feet/acre or 2,019,543 gallons/acre
How is compliance assessed?
ADWR compares reported water usage against the current allotment. Every gallon of water used (groundwater, municipal, reclaimed, remediated) is counted. To provide an incentive to reduce groundwater use, water from other sources is discounted during the computation. For example, reclaimed water is discounted by 40%.
What happens if the allotment is not met?
If a property exceeds its allotment, ADWR may levy fines on the excess water used, in proportion to the volume of excess water used.
Where can I get more information on this program?
· Call 602-771-8585 and request Industrial Conservation at ADWR for full information.