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For Residents

Desert Dan Cheers Shrinking Summer Peak

In June, Desert Dan encouraged residents to “Hold Max Use below 10 million gallons,” and they did! The City did not record a single seven-day period when average daily use was more than 9.9 million gallons in June, July, or August. Last year, the City had 20 days during that time when average daily use topped 9.9 million gallons. The City used 58.7 million fewer gallons of water in the 2010 peak season than in 2009, saving enough to serve the City for about eight average days.

Desert Dan - the Water-Saving Man

Most of these savings came in August. Residents took the simple step of turning off irrigation and leaving it off after the July 29 rain. See how water use changed:

Chart of daily water use

After the big storm last January, water use plummeted for just three days. After the July 29 storm, usage remained low for 10 days.

Why does this matter? In 2009, the City used over 10 million gallons per day (MGD) for eight of those days. Energy-intensive reverse osmosis was used to treat millions of gallons of water on each of those peak days in 2009. This year, energy costs for pumps and reverse osmosis for the period will be much lower. Millions of gallons of ground water stayed in the ground to be used during another season.

Bermuda grass needs only about 1 inch of water per week-no matter whether it comes from rain or sprinklers.

Take advantage of the rain to beat your household's water bill peak. Stop by City Hall or the Public Works Administration building to pick up a FREE rain gauge. Put it out in your yard to capture the rain. After it rains, check the gauge.

Before you sprinkle the next time, pre-fill the sprinkler gauge to the depth of the rain. When the water level in the sprinkler gauge reaches 0.5-0.6 inches, turn off your sprinkler.

Rain and sprinkler gauges

FREE Rain & Sprinkler Gauges!

Free Home Irrigation Checkups

The City offers its water customers free checkups on the operation of their irrigation systems, including checks for inefficient fixtures and water budgeting. For more information, visit the Irrigation Checkups page.

Water leaking from an irrigation system


For Commercial Sites

FREE HOA Irrigation Tune-ups

Homeowner associations take pride in their common areas. Belts of grass, planted retention basins, and bands of xeriscape beautify our community and use millions of gallons of water each year. Proper management of these areas can reduce costly maintenance, chemicals, and water and help hold down fees.

Collaborative efforts to fix irrigation leaks

HOA Irrigation Tune-ups assist association boards within the City in meeting their responsibilities. City water staff teams visit the property with property landscape staff and a board representative, inspect drip lines and turf watering systems, and prepare a water budget for the property. This free service can locate costly leaks, harmful overwatering, and the extent of missing plant material.

Depending on the property size and landscape staff availability, City staff will spend 3-24 hours on site. Property landscape staff must be present to operate the HOA irrigation systems and identify which stations controllers control. When the work is complete, the board will receive a written or oral report of results.

How do we sign up?

Call 623-882-7509 or send us an email. Staff will contact you to schedule your first session and obtain information to prepare the property's water budget. Act now before summer temperatures send water charges soaring.

Cancellation Policy

Appointments for this service are free of charge. If appointments are cancelled more than 24 hours in advance, there is no charge. If there is less than 24-hour notice of a cancellation, there will be a charge of $55 to cover staff time. To cancel, please call 623-932-3010 or by email with HOA name, date and time of appointment.


For Industrial Sites

Turf-Related Facilities Program: An Industrial Program of the State of Arizona

In order to meet the goals of the 1980 Groundwater Code, the State of Arizona set up regulatory conservation programs. The Turf-Related Facilities Program has been in place since 1990.

Who must participate?

·          Sites with more than ten acres of grass, water-intensive plantings, and/or bodies of water are regulated through this program. Smaller properties that are more that are more than 10,000 square feet in area may be regulated under the Large Landscapes Program.

·          Water-intensive plantings include all plants that are not on the Low-Water Plant List for Phoenix Active Management Area (AMA). Swimming pools are excluded from the water acreage.

·          Most turf-related facilities are schools (with ball fields), parks, golf courses, sports and recreation complexes, cemeteries, or common areas of community or condominium associations.

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.

ADWR's allowances:

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.

Large Landscapes Program: An Industrial Program of the State of Arizona

The property has less than ten acres of water-intensive landscape.

Is it regulated?

Yes, if the property:

·          Area is >10,000 square feet or 20,000 square feet for hotels/motels

·          Has more than 10,000 (20,000 for hotels/motels) square feet of turf, water or water-intensive landscape

·          Was installed after 1990.

No, if the property is a school, park, golf course, cemetery, or common areas of a homeowner association.

Where can I get more information on this program?

Call ADWR at 602-771-8585 and request Industrial Conservation for full information.


Last Updated: 11/9/2010

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