Buckeye's water conservation program wants to change the perception that water conservation requires deprivation. Instead of giving up comfort and convenience, water conservation requires making minor habit changes to reduce water waste by incorporating improved efficiency devices and appliances into your home or business, and selecting colorful and diverse water-efficient landscaping plants. Water conservation promotes a lifestyle that is well-suited to our climate, and it reduces water bills. The City's Water Conservation Plan was finalized on June 2, 2009.
Some of the recommended water conservation habit changes include:
- Reducing discretionary outdoor water uses such as car, patio, sidewalk or driveway washing
- Reducing evaporation losses by avoiding landscape watering during the heat of the day
- Using smart irrigation controllers to avoid overwatering
- Adjusting sprinklers to reduce overspray and run-off into streets
- Selectively replacing turf with xeriscape or lower water-use landscaping
- Discouraging winter over-seeding
- Using pool covers to reduce evaporation
- Limiting showers to 5 minutes or less
- Washing only full loads of laundry or dishes
The "Do it Yourself" Landscape Guide
" (ADWR, 2006) provides color photographs, landscape and irrigation design plans, and a recommended plant list for 18 different landscape plans for single-family homes. The landscape plans provide a variety of options, ranging from xeriscape to turf areas, to meet individual needs and preferences.
The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) is a voluntary non-profit corporation established by municipalities in Maricopa County for the development of urban water resources policy. AMWUA offers free online resources regarding lanscaping, xeriscape and plant selection to its members and the general public.
For more information, please visit their website at http://www.amwua.org/free
Educational Materials-A Day in the Life of a Drop
A Day in the Life of Drop
is a set of activities designed to help you and your children understand the connections between the source of the water you use and the ways your water use habits affect the environment and human health. You can also learn how to reduce your impact and engage family members.
Test Your Water Knowledge
Think you know everything there is to know about water? Move the water-efficiency hero Flow
through water pipes and answer water-efficiency questions while avoiding water-wasting monsters. Use what you've learned from this Website to test your knowledge.
The City became a WaterSense promotional partner in July 2008.
WaterSense is an EPA program that promotes water-efficient products and services.
For further water conservation information please call 623-349-6103.