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Believe it! April Job Numbers Prove Phoenix Economic Policy Workedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1340Community and Economic Development6/15/2020 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1340/Newsroom_CED_0077.jpgBelieve it! April Job Numbers Prove Phoenix Economic Policy Worked<div class="ExternalClass98F5CD32B7874AA4A5FD3F8483042AC3"><html> <h2>​​​Despite Devastating Service Job Losse​​s, April Employment Shows Bright Spots in the Dark Clouds</h2> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">It worked.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">It may be hard to convince anyone among the more than 222,500 metropolitan area workers losing jobs in April that there is any good news on the job front. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">A post-Great Recession economic development policy change by Arizona, Phoenix and Valley cities about recruiting jobs succeeded. The April employment report has some bright spots in the dark clouds.</span> </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <em>By Eric Jay Toll for PHXNewsroom</em> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">An entire year of Valley job gains was wiped out in 30 days with the metropolitan area unemployment rate climbing from a record low 3.7 percent unemployment rate in December 2019 to a never-seen-before-rise to a seasonally adjusted 12.6 percent in April 2020, according to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Compared to the rest of the nation, Phoenix fared much better. Nationally, the unemployment rate hit 14.7 percent. In California, and some metro areas in the rust belt hit around 20 percent and higher.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <h3>Here’​​s what worked </h3> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“This shows that government can influence the economy in positive ways,” said Jim Rounds, private sector strategic economist and president of Rounds Consulting Group. “During the Great Recession, Arizona and cities finally put together a cohesive economic policy to go after high-value jobs.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In nearly every national recession since the 1960s and until 2008, the Valley showed an economic growth chart that looks like a Six Flags roller coaster ride. As the Phoenix metro started climbing ahead of the economy, the population surged into the Valley when workers and retirees in other areas sold their homes, packed up their equity and settled into a new Phoenix area house. Retail followed rooftops, and the economy was humming along, waiting for the next plunge.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“I think we see that despite the unprecedented job losses, changes in the composition of the workforce kept Arizona’s numbers better than the rest of the U.S.,” said Doug Walls, labor market information director at the Arizona Economic Opportunity Office and lead of the state’s research team for workforce and employment information. “You look at some of the sectors, and our job losses were significantly less than the rest of the nation.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <h3>Many Advanced Indu​stries Added Jobs in April</h3> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The losses in the metropolitan area service industries were overwhelming in April 2020 compared to April 2019. Hospitality—lodging and restaurants—shed 92,200 jobs in April and the retail sector lost 36,400 jobs, 6,900 more than the bottom of the Great Recession. Even during the economic boom in 2019, retail never regained all of the jobs lost between 2007 and 2010. Half the jobs lost in April, 128,600, were in those two sectors. The bright spots, the grocery and building supply sub-sectors, added 3,000 jobs between the two.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">According to April’s data, some employment trends are changing direction. With the economy plummeting, Phoenix still showed strong job gains in the advanced industry sectors. It’s in those sectors that Phoenix, other metropolitan area cities and the state focused on new company recruiting efforts over the ten years since 2010.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">As a sector, manufacturing was flat, with no reported job losses in year-over-year comparisons, but the aerospace, computer and electronic device production subsectors added 1,000 jobs. Wholesale trade added 1,200 jobs. Financial activities added 9,500 jobs, and the bioscience healthcare sector added 10,100 new jobs. Other specialty subsectors added jobs as well. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Between the advanced industries, the Phoenix metro area added 22,100 jobs. During 2019, the area gained an average of more than 30,000 jobs per month, in year-over-year comparisons with 2018. In April 2020, advanced industry job gains were close to two-thirds of 2019 average monthly job gains in year-over-year data. Technology jobs are spread across all industry sectors, so the gains reported do not show as an individual industry in the monthly reports.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <h3> Planning for the Next Recess​​​​​​ion during the Great Recession </h3> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Back in 2009 and 2010, during the Great Recession, Valley mayors came to an understanding that instead of fighting each other for the next power center or auto mall, the economic development emphasis should be to attract a category of jobs called “advanced industries” to the region. With the state on board, Phoenix’s quest for quality jobs was one step leading to the creation of the Arizona Commerce Authority and serious changes in local economic development policies.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Today more than 60 percent of the private sector works in the advanced industry sectors: business and financial services, bioscience and healthcare, manufacturing and technology. It was not that way in 2008 when the economy crashed. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Economic development was a different world before the Great Recession,” said Christine Mackay, director, Phoenix Community and Economic Development. “Because cities survive on sales tax, there were constant fights for big sales-tax generators—power centers, auto malls, regional shopping centers. The jobs they brought, while important, didn’t bring the value we needed to see this economy grow properly.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <h3>The Great​​​ Lesson of the Great Recession</h3> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">On the eve of the Great Recession in October 2007, a record-setting employment month in the metro area, more than half the Valley’s private sector workforce was in consumption jobs: construction, retail, real estate. The consumption industries essentially circulate the same money inside the market. Economists say that if there’s a lack of new money coming into the market, it is difficult to grow the economy.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We talked with mayors about the core values of economic development,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Camacho was a senior executive with GPEC when the conversations took place in 2010 and 2011. “We showed how the region needed balance and diversification when it came to jobs.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The mayors agreed to new policies. They realized that an economic growth policy of trying to outbid each other for the next sales-tax generator was not the way to stabilize the economy. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Phoenix has always performed better than the state, economically, and Arizona would outperform the nation during recessions. The Great Recession changed all that,” said Rounds. “The (economy in the) rest of the nation would drop more than us, and in Phoenix, construction would start building us out of the recession before the rest of the country.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Some economic observers believed, according to Rounds, that it was a good thing the metropolitan area was dependent on “building itself out of a recession.” In those days, as a recovery moved across the country, it was common for workers to cash in equity and move to Arizona. The fast recovery in Phoenix was an appealing new destination.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We had this retail and rooftop economy,” said Mackay. “For years, it worked to get the Valley out of a recession. Build homes, retail would follow, families flowed in.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In 2010, as the recession was “declared over” in the rest of the U.S., people were not moving west. Across the U.S., many who would normally sell a home and move to Phoenix lost both their jobs and their home equity. Retirement accounts drained. Savings disappeared. This time, the state was not going to build itself out of the recession. When the rest of the nation was rocketing to recovery in 2011, Arizona languished.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Customer service, retail, construction and hospitality industries gain employment quickly after a recession,” Camacho said. “Based on consumer spending, they are the first industries to shed jobs dramatically. Our base industries were shredded. The service sector just stopped. The demand for services was flat.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The Great Recession was devastating to the market and shattered all precedents. The metro area jobs lost in 2008 were not recovered until 2014, dragging the impact for six years, more than three years beyond recovery for the rest of the country. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Some industry sectors have yet to recover. Construction and retail jobs were lower in December 2019, Phoenix’s highest month of job numbers since the pre-recession peak, than they were in October 2007, the peak employment month before the Great Recession.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <h3>The Covid​​ Recession is hitting a different Phoenix </h3> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Phoenix is faring a lot better than the rest of the U.S. economy,” said Walls. “It’s not just from one set of data. We looked at multiple data sets, and Arizona dropped less than most states.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Walls and Dennis Hoffman and Lee McPheters, W.P. Carey School of Business economists at Arizona State University, follow job numbers closely. Of all U.S. metros over one million in population, Phoenix and Dallas had the lowest year-over-year April job losses, 7.6 percent, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data posted on the ASU Job Growth USA website.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“As a whole, we did a lot better than the rest of the country because we allowed manufacturing and other key revenue-generators to stay open,” said Dennis Hoffman, professor of economics and director of the Seidman Research Institute in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. “Other states had more narrow definitions of essential businesses than Arizona, and those states were hit much harder.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">With the April job losses, the workforce in April 2020 is still larger than the pre-Great Recession peak month of October 2007. The April percent of the employed population, 40.5 percent, is almost identical to the Great Recession trough line at 40.0 percent.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“I think people should expect continued job losses in May,” said Walls. “But not at the level we saw in April.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Jim Rounds agrees we are not yet at the bottom.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“The lower-wage jobs in retail and hospitality disappear first,” he said. “Companies have too much invested in skilled workforces and will try to hang on to the high-wage employees longer. There’s too much cost in retraining if furloughed employees take other jobs.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <h3>Federal Policy is​​ Slow to Work</h3> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">It took eight years for the metropolitan area to recover from the Great Recession. Lee McPheters, research professor and director of the J.P. Morgan Chase Economic Outlook Center, believes the economy will begin to turn by the third and fourth quarters of this year.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“You have to look at the scale of the economic impact,” he said. “The federal response to the (Covid Recession) is four to five times the size of anything that was done in 2008 to 2009.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">McPheters cautions that federal monetary policy is slow to work.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">His colleague Dennis Hoffman says that Phoenix prepared for its next recession while the Great Recession was still underway. A macroeconomist, Hoffman explained that Phoenix’s shift to an export economy helped bring more dollars into the Valley after the Great Recession than were seen in 2007.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We saw a real shift in policy,” said Mackay, who was economic development director in Chandler at the time. “Economic developers started pitching companies to bring in or grow high-value jobs. We looked at jobs that had large indirect benefits.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Camacho echoes Mackay’s thoughts while recalling conversations with Valley mayors nearly a decade ago. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We doubled down on advanced industries,” he said. “Sure, engineering jobs are good, but one engineering job indirectly creates five other jobs in the economy.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Camacho said that the Valley mayors understood that the economy needed to change in order to grow, launching several new initiatives. Local governments started making policy changes and pushing to recruit high-wage jobs.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“As economic developers, we were able to show how one new job creates other jobs,” said Mackay. “A company hires an engineer, and they need supplies. The supplier hires another person to be able to grow and serve the company. The property manager needs more people for building maintenance and upkeep, creating another job. The new job creation continuously ripples through the entire Valley economy.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <h3>New Initiatives P​​​ut to Work</h3> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">From these efforts at GPEC, the regional initiatives found traction. Under then Gov. Jan Brewer, the state created the Arizona Commerce Authority in 2011, a quasi-public agency replacing the former Arizona Department of Commerce. New incentive programs at the state level tied a measurable return-on-investment to the value of the tax credits and corporate recruitment packages. The role of ACA grew under the direction of Gov. Doug Ducey.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The city of Phoenix put a major emphasis on creating an export economy and led the state to three consecutive record years of export growth. Arizona and the Phoenix metro rose to the top of national and regional economic growth by 2013. Job recovery lagged 2007 numbers but started to accelerate. Partner organizations, including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, joined the movement to attract advanced industries. Phoenix created the Metropolitan Phoenix Export Alliance, now run by the Phoenix Chamber. With them, the Global Chamber found traction in the Phoenix exporting industry ecosystem making another network available to businesses wanting to expand into international markets.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The ACA, GPEC, Phoenix and other Valley cities focused on bringing in high-value jobs in the advanced industry sectors.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">When the state and the Phoenix metro area finally broke through the 2007 pre-Great Recession job numbers in 2014, employment diversification was the regional foundation setting the stage to help weather the Covid Recession.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“There is no question that the jobs in Phoenix today are different than they were before the Great Recession,” said Hoffman. “Clearly, the sectors are more diversified now than they were then.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <h3>In 2020 Phoeni​​​​x is Resilient</h3> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Not shutting off manufacturing, such as was done in Ohio, and allowing car dealers to remain open, are examples of one difference for Arizona in the Covid Recession, according to Hoffman. The diversity of the workforce is something that McPheters believes will help Phoenix recover more quickly in the current recession.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“The diversity of jobs across sectors in 2020 is what is holding up the economy,” said Hoffman. “The closures hit jobs in the retail and service sectors the most, and those are groups that also recover quickly.”</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div> </div> <p>Rounds reflects ​​th​​e same belief. </p> <div><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">“There is no doubt this recession has really hurt those who can least afford it,” he said. “However, the strength in the core industries will start the economy humming again faster than previous recessions.”</span><br></div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">McPheters is not worried about Phoenix taking too long to rise again, and he sees the city’s growth as a magnet that will grow the economy. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We have a better diversity of jobs in Phoenix today,” he said. “This is going to continue to attract the workforce to relocate into the Valley. With the economy reopening, things could be very different in two or three months.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">They could go either way, he cautions, because of unforeseen events, as the pandemic did in March and April. </span> </div> <h3> <br> </h3> <h3>A different ‘new normal’</h3> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“The ‘new normal’ could be different,” Hoffman said. “Companies have always been hesitant about teleworking, but over the last few months, they have learned how to manage teleworkers. The Covid Pandemic could change how and where people work.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Industrial maker spaces are still enjoying brisk leasing activity, according to numbers from commercial real estate brokerages reported in Phoenix media. The big question that real estate publications like Globe St. and BisNow are asking is what will become of the large open office and how with that effect workforce deployment?</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Teleworking may change the way companies lease space,” said Mackay. “What we also see is that workers in other markets where housing affordability is already a serious problem may decide to telework from places with a better quality of life and more affordable housing options. Phoenix offers that environment.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <h3>Hoffman backs up Mackay’s contention.</h3> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Already, Silicon Valley companies are talking about workforce locating outside of the Bay Area,” Hoffman said. “Phoenix has a lifestyle well-positioned to be compatible with that of Californians and other urban dwellers.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The numbers back the thought. In 2018, the last year for which Census Bureau data are available, the population of a mid-sized city, over 65,000 Californians, migrated to Phoenix and Arizona. Texas and Illinois were next on the list in the U.S., but after California, the next largest source of the new inbound population to Arizona was from Asia, increasing the workforce quality, according to the Census Bureau.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Data show that new migrants to Arizona come with more college degrees and high levels of professional skills, a combination that bolsters the attractiveness of the Phoenix workforce. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We’ll get through this downturn,” said Mackay. “This is Phoenix, named after the bird rising from the ashes. No other city has that in its DNA.”​</span></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedphoto, people at work in an open officeCED#jobs #recession #economic development #gpec #wpcarey #asu #office of economic opportunityjobs, economic development, advanced industries, tech companies, startups, phoenix, jobs, recession, covid-19Eric Jay Toll602-617-3797eric.toll@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/52/Eric_Toll.jpgPHXEconDevIn this 2014 photo of a worksharing office, small companies are able to collaborate in a professional environment.

 

 

Phoenix Requires Face Coverings; Frequently Asked Questionshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1353Emergency Management & Homeland Security7/6/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1353/Newsroom_Mask.jpgPhoenix Requires Face Coverings; Frequently Asked Questions<div class="ExternalClassE87F6CDC13EA4804956CBD02164AC50E"><html> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/newssite/Documents/MaskUp%20FAQ%20Publisher.pdf">Download this page in English (PDF)​​</a> <a target="_blank" href="/newssite/Documents/MaskUp%20FAQ%20Publisher%20Spanish.pdf">or Spanish (PDF)​</a><br><br><strong>Update:</strong> <strong><em>The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued an order for all of Maricopa County that includes persons over the age of two to wear face coverings in public. The County Order does apply to Phoenix and amends the age requirement of the Phoenix declaration. </em></strong><br><br>​Given the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Arizona, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the City Council issued a declaration that requires people to cover their nose and mouth whenever they are away from their home or residence and unable to physically distance.<br><br> The declaration goes into effec​​t on Saturday, Jun​e 20, 2020 at 6 a.m. and requires every person in the city of Phoenix, ages two and over [amended by County Order], shall cover their nose and mouth whenever they are away from their home or residence and within six feet of another person who is not a member of their family or household. <br><br> Any business whose employees cannot observe physical distancing, must require face coverings; including those that interact with the public. Businesses also have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a face covering. <a target="_blank" href="/newssite/Documents/MaskUp%20-%20Poster%20FINAL.pdf">Here are some suggested signs that can be used in Phoenix businesses. ​</a><br><br> This requirement was enacted on Friday, June 19, 2020, by the city of <a target="_blank" href="/newssite/Documents/Mayor%27s%20Declaration_06-19-20.pdf">Phoenix Mayor and City Council by a declaration​</a> necessary to public safety and welfare, in particular to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. </p> <h2>Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) </h2> <p> </p><h3> What is considered a face covering?</h3><p>A face covering is considered any type of fabric or cloth that can safely cover your nose and mouth. These can be store-bought (mask, scarf or bandana) or home-made using traditional fabrics used for clothing and other materials (cotton, poly-blends, etc.) A face covering must cover the nose and mouth. Learn more about face coverings and how to wear them. </p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/diy-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf">CDC Cloth Face Covering PDF</a> English<br><a target="_blank" href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/fs-Important-information-cloth-face-covering-esp.pdf">CDC Revestimiento facial de tela PDF</a> Spanish<br><a target="_blank" href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html">CDC How To Wear Your Face Covering PDF</a> English<br><a target="_blank" href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/cloth-face-covering_SP.pdf">CDC Cómo Usar su Cubierta Facial​ PDF</a> Spanish<br></p><h3> Who is required to wear a face covering?</h3><p>All people in the city of Phoenix, ages 6 and older, shall have possession of a face covering described in the <a target="_blank" href="https://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/cloth-face-coverings-what-you-need-to-know/">Arizona Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance issued on May 21, 2020</a>. This declaration says people are to use them when away from their homes and whenever they are within six feet of another person who is not a member of their family or household.<br></p><h3> Who are exempt from wearing a face covering?</h3> <ul> <li><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Those with a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability, or are otherwise covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>Children under two years old [ amended by County Order].<br></li> <li>People whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face covering.<br></li> <li>Restaurant patrons while they are eating and/or drinking.<br></li> <li>Individuals exercising outdoors or while walking or exercising with other people from the same household, if physical distancing of 6 feet from others who are not your family members can be maintained.<br></li> <li>People engaging in organized group or team sports, exercise or other physical activities where it is not practicable or feasible to wear a mask or physically distance.<br></li> <li>People in settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, including when obtaining or rendering goods or services, such as the receipt of dental services or medical treatments.</li> </ul> <h3> Do I need to wear a face covering when I am exercising?</h3><p>No, persons exercising outdoors, or while walking or exercising with other persons of the same household, as long as physical distancing of 6 feet from others is maintained do not have to wear a face covering. People are not expected to wear a mask while swimming. Physical distancing should be adhered to as much as possible in pool settings.</p> <p>Persons exercising indoors must wear a face covering when it is difficult or impossible to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet. <br></p><h3> I work outsi​de, do I need to wear a mask?     </h3> <p>People working outside while following CDC guidelines and adhering to physical distancing of 6 feet do not need to wear the mask.​</p> <h3> What do I do if I go out to eat?   </h3> <strong></strong> <ul> <li>Restaurant patrons do not have to wear a mask when they are eating or drinking at their table or seating area.<br></li> <li>Restaurants should be making every effort to provide physical distancing  of 6 feet in their seating areas.<br></li> <li>Restaurant staff must be wearing masks. </li> </ul> <h3> I had COVID-19 but am recovered, so do l need to wear a face covering?   </h3> <p>Yes. The medical community is unclear at this time if having recovered from COVID-19 provides future immunity. </p><h3> How will this requirement be enforced?     </h3> <p>We intend to lead with education and providing information to the community.  </p> <ul> <li>Officers will work to educate the public on this order and when possible will have masks on hand to provide to people who do not have one.<br></li> <li>Upon complaint, available officers will share information with residents who are not in compliance with the order.  This will include CDC guidelines suggesting wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain. ​</li> </ul> <p>​​​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054"><strong>See Impacted Services Updates</strong> ​</a>to learn what's impacted or closed and what's still operating with city ​services and facilities.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Updatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054Emergency Management & Homeland Security7/6/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1054/COVID-19-New_News_Image.jpgCity of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update<div class="ExternalClass335E2401648E473FB30595DA3994B086"><html> <p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <a target="_blank" href="/newssite/Documents/COVID19_Newsroom_Main_SP.pdf">Read this page in Spanish. Lea esta página​ en español (PDF)</a> <br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><em>Use Translate button to read in another language​​</em></p><h3><strong>Face Coverings Required</strong><br></h3><p>A new declaration has been issued: <strong>Every person in the city of Phoenix, ages six and over, shall cover their nose and mouth whenever they are away from their home or residence and within six feet of another person who is not a member of their family or household</strong>. <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1353" target="_blank"><strong>Read complete details about this public safety declaration</strong></a>.</p><p> </p><h3><strong>Updated!</strong> Resources Page<br></h3><p>Looking for more resources? <a target="_blank" href="https://Phoenix.gov/Resources"><strong>Visit the Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources page</strong></a>. Residents w​ith questions about city services and programs affected by service changes can call <strong>(602) 2​62-3111</strong> or e-mail <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">contactus@phoenix.gov​</a>.​​​​​​​​​ ​​​<br><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <h3 style="line-height:1.4;">Downtown City Buildings Are Now Access<span style="letter-spacing:-0.4px;background-color:window;"> b</span><span style="letter-spacing:-0.4px;background-color:window;">y Appointment Only </span></h3><p></p><p><strong>Downtown City Buildings </strong><strong>By Appointment Only </strong>- In an effort to continue providing necessary city services, while protecting the health and safety of customers and employees in our facilities, the city of Phoenix is taking additional measures to limit foot traffic at the city’s downtown buildings. Beginning Monday, March 23, only people with appointments for service will have access to <strong>P​hoenix City Hall, the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building, and the Public Transit Department administration building</strong>. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">Read more about the changes</a>. You can also <a target="_blank" href="/Documents/CityServicesAppointmentContactList.pdf">download a contact list to make appointments (PDF)</a> for city services.​<br> <br></p><h3> City Services and Facilities Currently Closed or Impacted<br></h3><p>Residents with questions about city services and program​s affected by Coronavirus precautionary measures​ can call<strong> (602) 262-3111</strong> or e-mail <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">contactus@phoenix.gov​</a>.<br></p> <ul> <li><p><strong>Alarms Detail </strong>– No walk-in customers accepted. Call (602) 534-0322 for questions about false alarm or permit inquires and payments. <strong><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/police/1079">Read detailed Alarm impacted services statement​</a></strong></p></li><li><p><strong>ARIZONA@WORK City of Phoenix Job​ Centers</strong> – Shifting to an appointment only model for City services.</p></li><li><p> <strong>Convention Center</strong> – All events at the Phoenix Convention Center and Venues (Orpheum Theatre and Symphony Hall) have been <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixconventioncenter.com/Pages/Coronavirus-Protocol.aspx">postponed or rescheduled through May 10</a>. Visit your conference or event organizer’s website for event updates and rescheduled dates. No in-person or phone sales are being taken at the the Phoenix Convention Center Ticket Office at this time. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/phoenix-convention-center/1064"><strong>Read detailed Convention Center impacted services statement</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>City Council Meetings </strong>– City Council meetings are currently <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/newsroom/article/1047">being held audience-free</a>. Meetings can be streamed online and residents can provide comments via e-mail or phone.</p></li><li><p><strong>City Hall </strong><span style="font-size:13.33px;">–</span>​ <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">Services by appointment only</a></p></li><li><p><strong>City of Phoenix Retirees</strong> – The Phoenix Nationwide office is currently closed, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Customers can <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://checkappointments.net/appts/5jrQfKGEir#showModal">schedule a phone appointment </a>to avoid long hold times. Nationwide recomme​nds retirees contact their <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://nationwidefinancial.com/media/pdf/NRM-9757AZ-PX.pdf?_ga=2.194075757.157521130.1584644955-2064238597.1584644955">local retirement representative​ </a>to​ address concerns or changes to their investment plan​​</p></li><li><p><strong>Community Meetings </strong>- Community meetings and outreach events in city buildings are temporarily suspended and city staff will not be attending community meetings during this time.</p></li><li><p><strong>Education Programs</strong> <span style="font-size:13.33px;">–</span> Office of Youth and Education's AARP literary programs are canceled.</p></li><li><p><strong>Family Service Centers </strong><span style="font-size:13.33px;">–</span> Shifting to an appointment only model for City services.</p></li><li><p><strong>Fingerprinting</strong> - The City of Phoenix is tempor​​arily suspending fingerprinting services. If you need immediate fingerprinting please use a 3rd party vendor.</p></li><li><p><strong>Head Start</strong> - Home visits are suspended.​​</p></li><li><p><strong>Housing</strong> - <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/housing/1063"><strong>Read detailed Housing Department impacted services statement​</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>Human Resources</strong> – New recruitments and hiring processes will be limited to critical positions citywide; any job interviews will be conducted by video conference. In-person recruitment, selection processes, and new hire events will be temporarily postponed.</p></li><li><p><strong>Job Training Workshops</strong> – Workshops are <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/newsroom/ced/1046">canceled this week</a></p></li> <li><p> <strong>Libraries</strong> – In addition to our downloadable eRources, Phoenix Public Library locations are offering curbside service with the exception of South Mountain Community Library. Book drops (excluding SMCL) are also open 24/7 to return materials. Visit   <a target="_blank" href="http://phoenixpubliclibrary.org/">http://phoenixpubliclibrary.org</a> for specific hours, locations, reserve materials, download electronic resources or find an online program.</p></li> <li><p> <strong>Municipal Court </strong>– The Phoenix Municipal Court has taken <a target="_blank" href="/court/covid">many active steps and modifications </a>to its operations in response to COVID-19.</p></li><li><p><strong>Parks and Recreation</strong> – <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>All playgrounds, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes located within city parks​ are closed​​.​ All restrooms located in city parks are closed. City parks will remain open normal posted hours for residents to enjoy green space, walking paths, dog parks, skate parks, and tennis and pickleball courts, while practicing social or physical distancing.​ Limited access ia available at Papago Park’s Hole in the Rock, Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon Trailhead, Piestewa Peak Trailhead, and South Mountain Park’s Pima Canyon Trailhead and Dobbins Lookout. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>All indoor recreation facilities are closed. All classes and programs, including youth and adult sports leagues, are suspended. Gatherings and events on city park property are canceled or postponed, which includes organizations that have a sports field reservation. Registration for lifeguard and aquatics staff training, and 2020 summer classes, programs and activities are postponed until further notice. The Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) program has been suspended. Pueblo Grande Museum is closed and many city-owned facilities that are operated by partner organizations are also closed or have modified hours. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068"><strong>Read detailed Parks & Recreation impacted services statement (including refunds)</strong></a>  ​</p></li><li><p><strong>Planning and Development Department – </strong>Services will be offered online, by telephone or by appointment only. PDD inspection requests will follow modified practices. Staff has been redeployed to create Remote Customer Service Counters and will answer questions about development and zoning questions by phone or e-mail from your home or private workspace. <a target="_blank" href="/pdd/contact-us">Find a list of direct phone numbers and e-mail addresses for appropriate staff</a>​. If you're unsure who to contact or have general questions about services call (602) 262-7811 or <a target="_blank" href="mailto:ppd@phoenix.gov">email</a>. <a target="_blank" href="/pdd/project-tools">Online project tools</a> are available and <a target="_blank" href="/pdd/onlineservices/electronic-plan-review">new projects and resubmittals</a> can be done electronically. If you have paper plans currently in queue and need assistance to submit plans electronically, please contact the Electronic Plan Review (EPR) Triage Team at (602) 534-5933 or email​​. ​Review (EPR) Triage Team at (602) 534-5933 or <a target="_blank" href="mailto:epr.support@phoenix.gov">email​</a>​​. </p></li><li><p><strong>Property Management Unit </strong>– Only five people will be allowed in the lobby at one time. To facilitate the process, please come prepared with the <a target="_blank" href="/police/property-crimes/property-management-unit">Property Release Form</a> already completed. </p></li><li><p><strong>Police Public Records </strong>– Closed to in-person customers. Online and phone customers only. To schedule an appointment, call (602) 262-1885 or use the <a target="_blank" href="https://phxpublicsafety.dynamics365portals.us/">online portal</a>.</p></li><li><p><strong>Public Transit </strong>-  <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Beginning <strong>Wednesday, July 1</strong>, passengers are required to wear face coverings while riding transit in Phoenix to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>Seating on all bus routes is limited in order to support social distancing measures between passengers. Express and RAPID commuter bus service continue to run on a reduced schedule. Public Transit Centers remain closed. Valley Metro light rail runs on a 15-minute frequency 4:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m. with no late night service on Friday and Saturday. Sunday service will remain the same<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-transit/1078"><strong>Read detailed Public Trans​it impacted services statement​</strong></a><strong>​</strong></p></li> <li><p> <strong>Senior Centers</strong> – All 15 city Senior Centers are closed. Senior Center members can coordinate in-home meal service with their Senior Center Manager​.</p></li><li><p><strong>Street Transportation</strong> - <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/streets/traffic-management">Right-of-Way Management is not processing any special event or block party permits</a> for events taking place through at least May 31. Guidance will be revised as needed. </p></li><li><p><strong>Vehicle Impounds</strong> – Closed to walk-in customers. Call (602) 495-2096 for more details.</p></li> <li><p> <strong>VITA</strong> – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program services are suspended.</p></li> <li><p> <strong>Volunteer Programs</strong> – All city volunteer programs, with the exception of critical public safety programs, are being suspended for the next two weeks.</p></li> </ul><h3><br>City Services Still in Operation<br></h3><ul><li><p><strong>911, Police, Fire</strong></p></li><li><p><strong>A</strong><strong><strong>i</strong>rport Operation</strong><strong>s</strong> – Some European and Canadian impacts. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/aviation/1066"><strong>Read detailed Airport impacted services statement</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>City Services Customer Pay Stations </strong><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><strong> – </strong><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><strong><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/article/1133">Lobby Hours have been modified</a></strong></p></li><li><p><strong>Finance and Procurement</strong></p></li><li><p><strong>Outdoor City Parks, Trails, Golf Courses, Dog Parks, Skate Parks </strong>– <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068"><strong>Read more detailed information about outdoor Parks and Recreation facilities that are open</strong></a> and <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1082"><strong>Learn about responsible social distancing when visiting a park or trail</strong></a></p></li></ul><ul><li><p><strong>Public Transit, including Dial-a-Ride </strong>– Visit <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="http://www.valleymetro.org/"><strong>Valley Metro website</strong></a> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>for current trip schedules. Seating on all bus routes is limited in order to support social distancing measures between passengers. Express and RAPID commuter bus service will continue to run on a reduced schedule. Public Transit Centers remain closed. Valley Metro light rail runs on a 15-minute frequency 4:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. with no late night service on Friday and Saturday. Sunday service will remain the same on light rail. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-transit/1078"><strong>Read detailed Public Transit impacted services statement​</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>Trash and Recycling Services</strong> – <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1071"><strong>Read detailed Public Works impacted services statement</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>Street Maintenance</strong> – <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/1069"><strong>Read detailed Streets impacted services statement</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>Water and Wastewater</strong> – <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/water-services/1070"><strong>Read detailed Water Department impacted services statement</strong>​</a>​</p></li></ul><h3><br>City Services Still Available O​nline:</h3><p>The city is also continuing to provide access to a variety of online services.</p><ul><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/pdd/onlineservices/inspectrequest">Building Inspections</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://Phoenix.gov/PHXTV">PHXTV Streaming</a> – Watch City Council meetings and regular programming </p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=billdocuments">City Services Bills</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/mayorcouncil">Contact Mayor & City Council Members</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/law/victims">Crime Victim Services</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/eod">Equal Opportunity Department Case Management</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.planenoise.com/copad/q3qH4u/">Flight Path Noise</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/auditor/fraud-reporting">Fraud Reporting</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=graffiti">Graffiti Removal Requests​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/housing">Housing Programs</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/">Library Services</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/nsd">Neighborhood Services Programs</a> – While staff is not currently attending community meetings, services can still be requested via email and phone.</p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=phxcares">Phoenix C.A.R.E.S. about Homelessness reporting</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/payonline">PHX Pay Online</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxpublicsafety.dynamics365portals.us/">Police Public Records Requests</a></p></li><li><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=shoppingcart">Report Abandoned Shopping Carts</a><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=fenceindisrepair">Report Fence in Disrepair</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=illegalsign">Report Illegal Signs</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=inoperablevehicle">Report Inoperable Vehicles​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=litter">Report Litter + Debris​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=nondustproofparking">Report Non-Dust-Proof Parking​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/police/policereport">Report Non-Emergency Crime</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/pdd/non-permitted-construction">Report Non-Permitted Construction</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=outsidestorage">Report Outside Storage​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=other">Report Property Violations</a> </p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/streets/traffic-signal-issues">Report Traffic Signal Issue</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=unsecuredstructure">Report Unsecured Structures</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/waterservices/contact/water-services-administration">Report Water Leak</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=weedsordeadplants">Report Weeds or Dead Plants</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=solidwastecontainer">Request Trash, Recycle or Green Organics Container</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/roll-off-rental">Roll-Off Rentals</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/residential-recycling">Solid Waste Diversion Programs</a> </p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=sstwaterservice">Start/Stop/Transfer Water Services or Trash</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/streets/neighborhood-traffic-programs-services/street-light-information/street-light-repair">Street Light Repair Requests</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/landing/?sr=streetmaintenance">Street Maintenance​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/publictransit">Public Transit Services</a> – Transit still operating. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-transit/1078"><strong>Transit Centers are closed.</strong></a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/streets/designmgmt/utility-coordination/permits/utility-permit-application">Utility Permit</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/waterservices">Water Services</a></p></li></ul><p><strong>Looking for more resources?</strong> Visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.gov/Resources">Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources Page</a>. Residents with questions about city services and programs affected by service changes can call (602) 262-3111 or e-mail <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">contactus@phoenix.gov​</a>.​​​​​​​​ </p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Loo Poo: Phoenix Water’s Newest Mascothttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/1393Water Services7/10/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1393/loo poo story - phx newsroom (749x421).pngLoo Poo: Phoenix Water’s Newest Mascot<div class="ExternalClass8F70DE2D41CE441FAFBBB4E15B6DE780"><html> <p>Wayne Drop, Phoenix Water’s popular water conservation mascot, educates kids and adults all across greater Phoenix. After many visits to schools, events and libraries, it was time for Wayne to have a sidekick to talk about the stinky side of things.<br></p> <p>Loo Poo is the go-to guy when it comes to wastewater and sustainability, including what we do with your poo, what shouldn’t go in your toilet, and the beautiful Tres Rios Wetlands. Loo Poo has been busy training with Wayne Drop the last few months, but he finally made his big debut in April. <br></p> <p>Loo Poo represents wastewater that comes from toilets, drains, sinks, and showers in your home. Starting at your home, wastewater travels through 5,000 miles of pipes and pumps underground until it arrives at a wastewater treatment plant. Phoenix Water treats 63 billion gallons of wastewater annually.<br></p> <p>Once treated, the wastewater becomes reclaimed water. Most of the reclaimed water that comes out of the wastewater treatment process is recycled. It can be reused for non-potable applications such as energy production, non-edible crops, turf irrigation, groundwater recharge, and wetland restoration.<br></p> <p>Reclaimed water is pumped from the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant over to the Tres Rios Wetlands, rehabilitating nearly 700 acres in and around the Salt River. The plants and animals take what they need before it is discharged back into the river. This restoration project creates a mutual relationship between the renewed wetlands and the nearby wastewater treatment plant.<br></p> <p>The lush and scenic Tres Rios Wetlands is now home to more than 150 different species of birds and animals such as muskrats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, and beavers. The beautiful cottonwood groves, willows, mesquites, and other desert shrubs around the reed-lined ponds and along the trails attract many migratory and wintering songbirds. This project is repairing a natural habitat by bringing the Salt River back to the condition it was in during the early 1800s.<br></p> <p>You can learn more about the wastewater treatment process, or download Loo Poo’s activity book, by visiting <a href="/waterservices/watercloud" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/watercloud​</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNews

 

 

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