Are there water conservation mandates or ordinances in Phoenix?

Asked by Trulia Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ Fri Nov 9, 2012

If so, what are they?

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Cheryl Menay…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Feb 27, 2013
Yes, I have lived here 20 years plus and in that time there have been more and more conservation efforts. When I first moved here the Piestewa Parkway (then called Squaw Peak Parkway) was very beautiful and received tops honors for one of the most beautiful freeways in America but it was because it was very green and full of floral. Phoenix instituted water conservation measures and removed all the water hungry landscaping.

According to the City of Phoenix website, the following information includes the detail.....

Phoenix has taken great care to plan, acquire and manage its water resources, including innovative water conservation, recharge and reclamation programs. Phoenix has had a water conservation program since the 1980's, and has steadily reduced its reliance on groundwater from 35 percent in 1984 to 3 percent today. Through innovative ordinances and programs, Phoenix's per capita water usage has decreased approximately 20 percent during the last 20 years. Phoenix continues its legacy of careful water planning and conservation outreach, and various city departments assist in this effort by implementing innovative water-saving approaches.

Water Utility Sustainability- Unlike older urban areas of the United States, Phoenix has relatively modern, sophisticated infrastructure to meet the Water and Wastewater needs of our customers. Sustainable practices include:

Separate storm sewer and sanitary sewer systems, eliminating the problem of combined storm overflows and associated water quality problems;
100 percent metered connections to the system, encouraging efficient use;
A seasonal water rate structure that encourages efficiency through a higher charge during the hottest summer months.

Water Resource Sustainability-The city of Phoenix is a national leader in utilization of long-term sustainable water sources in an arid environment. Following the enactment of the 1980 Arizona Groundwater Management Act, Phoenix shifted its portfolio to rely mainly on renewable, surface water supplies, saving the groundwater as a backup for extended droughts.

Aquifer Management - In cooperation with other local agencies, the city engages in groundwater recharge and groundwater savings activities. Groundwater usage has been reduced from approximately 35 percent of the Phoenix water supply in 1984 to only 3 percent today in a normal supply (non-drought) year.
Long-term Planning - Phoenix regularly updates its long-term Water Resources Plan to ensure continued water supplies for current and future customers. The 2011 Water Resources Plan Update reflects growth over the next 50 years under a variety of conditions (current density, high density, etc). Modeling conducted to determine the stability of the water resource portfolio demonstrated that Phoenix is positioned well to meet future needs and to comply with the State's 100 year Assured Water Supply requirement....
Research and Innovation - The city of Phoenix actively participates in groundwater research and regional coordination efforts examining in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. In addition, the city is embarking on a groundwater management study to identify the volume of groundwater and the number of wells needed ...
Drought Planning/Climate Change - Phoenix has been involved in studies aimed at determining the length and severity of past droughts in the area using tree rings. From these studies, the city has increased its drought planning horizon....

Conservation Outreach- Phoenix is committed to ensuring a sustainable water supply through comprehensive water management programs. The city's Water Conservation program was established in 1986 and includes extensive public education activities, plumbing retrofit initiatives and water use efficiency requirements for new development. Implementation of conservation initiatives has resulted in a per-capita reduction of approximately 20 percent over the last 20 years, well below the standard established for Phoenix by the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
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Debbie Nieman, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Tue Nov 13, 2012
Not that I am aware of. We should all conserve not only water but electricity as well.

Don't stand in front of the refrigerator with the door open and don't leave the water running while you're brushing your teeth and water your lawn in the early morning and late in the day...we do live in the desert and conservation is something we should all be aware of.

Electrical conservation is something we should be working on too.

A number of new builds have some great energy efficient items into their products and properties. Low flow toilets, low flow shower heads can also assist in conservations of water.

When looking at properties in the Phoenix area, that is something to consider when looking at your overall monthly expenses. Newer homes will save you money in utility bills that can add to savings of thousands of dollars in a year.

Debbie Nieman
Real Estate Professional
Keller Williams Sonoran Living
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Michelle Spa…, Agent, Glendale, AZ
Mon Nov 12, 2012
No mandates or ordinances that I know of. It is important to remember though, we do live in a desert and we rely on the water thats made available to us via the CAP. Exercise thoughtful use of water, dont over use unneccasarily!
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Stephanie We…, Agent, Gilbert, AZ
Sun Nov 11, 2012
You should be able to find many answers via the web at
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Mrs. Holly B…, Agent, Spencer, IA
Fri Nov 9, 2012
We are taught water conservation tips; but I'm a Native and I don't know of any mandates. Shut off the water when you are brushing your teeth, in the shower after you shampoo... If its yellow let it mellow... The usual stuff. :-)
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The Urban Te…, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Fri Nov 9, 2012
In general there are none. Some say Arizona leads the nation in water management strategies.
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