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.
Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for Fix a Leak Week 2018, March 19–25, 2018, but remember that you can race over to your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, fix the leaks, and save valuable water and money all year long.
Click the flyer to the left to download your copy of the Fix a Leak checklist.
If Your Bill Seems High, Here Are Some Possible Causes...
Irrigation / Landscape
This is the most common cause of a higher than average water bill. A broken irrigation line underground can be losing over 300 gallons per hour and you may not see it at the surface. Over-watering is also a common source of high usage
Water Softener /Reverse Osmosis
Water softeners not programmed properly can cycle hundreds of gallons per day through the system. A reverse osmosis system can use up to 5 gallons for every gallon of water it produces.
Leak (toilet, faucets, etc.)
The average leaking toilet can waste up to 6,000 gallons per month. Toilet leaks are often silent and can be intermittent, allowing loss of water to go undetected for long periods of time.
An average size swimming pool (400 sq. ft.) uses 16,000 gallons to fill and loses about 25,000 gallons each year due to evaporation and backwashing. Evaporation loss in the summer can be as high as 2,500 gallons a month.
Tips for a Lower Bill
- More than 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more each day.
- A leak 1/32 of an inch (the thickness of a dime) can lose over 6,500 gallons per month.
- Install a smart water controller that is weather based to save on irrigation.
- Read your house water meter before and after a two hour period when no water is being used. If it does not read exactly the same you have a leak.
- Replace high water use plants and lawns with Xeriscape.
- Run the washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
For More Information on Conserving Water
- Water Use Calculator
- Landscape Watering by the Numbers
- Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert
- Interactive Plant Watering Guide
- Interactive Lawn Watering Guide
- Water Conservation Tips for Arizona Residents
- WaterSense – Fix a Leak
- Understanding Water Use and Your Bill
- Water Saving Tips
- Low Water Use Drought Tolerant Plant List
- Water Saving Devices
- Water Saving Opportunities in and Around the Home
- Residential Conservation Information
Here's How We Can Help
Call 623-349-6145 to speak with someone about conservation.
For billing questions please call 623-349-6100.
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
Do It Yourself Landscape Guide
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 www.amwua.org.