Colorado River Water Shortage Caused by Climate Change will require Phoenix and Phoenicians to adapthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2342Water Services5/6/2022 10:28:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2342/Newsroom_Water_LMead.jpgColorado River Water Shortage Caused by Climate Change will require Phoenix and Phoenicians to adapt<div class="ExternalClass4D2D66EAA18341528AAF492F1DC77006"><html> <div>At their <a href="https://cap-az.granicus.com/player/clip/631?&redirect=true" target="_blank">briefing​</a> on Friday, May 6, officials with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Arizona Department of Water Resources, and Central Arizona Project delivered a stark assessment of the Colorado River.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>As impacts of climate change persist, more significant Colorado River cuts are likely to occur. Those reductions will impact the amount of Colorado River water available to Phoenix and other central Arizona municipalities, farmers, and tribes. Central Arizona is currently experiencing the first-ever declared shortage on the Colorado River.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"Three things are true about this situation: first, it is serious. Second, it will require the city to think differently, and plan differently, for how we use water. Third, we need to enlist the people of Phoenix as our partners in the hard work ahead,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Researchers are serious when they tell us this megadrought is the worst in at least 1,200 years. The more we can encourage people, and businesses, to think creatively about how to reduce water consumption now, the better off we will be.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Over the course of decades, Phoenix developed a robust and diverse water resource portfolio with multiple sources and contingency supplies to provide safe, clean, and reliable water to our customers. The Colorado River currently supplies 40% of the water Phoenix uses.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"The Colorado River shortage is coming sooner than anticipated," said Phoenix Water Services Troy Hayes. "But all the planning and investment in infrastructure that we have done has put the City in a good place to manage the challenging conditions."</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The City has invested in infrastructure and underground water storage and has been a strong pioneer in water conservation in anticipation of a Colorado River shortage. Yet, as the drought intensifies, the City must continue to innovate new, proactive actions to prepare for even deeper shortages on the Colorado River, which is over-allocated and in decline due to climate change. The City is prepared to implement additional actions, including those described in its <a href="/waterservicessite/Documents/2021_Drought_Management_Plan_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>Drought Management Plan.</strong></a></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"Our customers have always been our partners in conservation, and we need that more than ever now," said City of Phoenix Water Resources Management Advisor Cynthia Campbell. "It is imperative that everyone understands that as we adapt to a hotter, drier future, efficient water use will be essential for maintaining the quality of life we have become accustomed to in the desert."<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Residential consumption makes up approximately 70% of water use in Phoenix. With just a little effort, every Phoenix Water customer can easily reduce their water use by 1% to 5%, saving millions of gallons of water every year.<br></div> <div> <div>Here are some ways to conserve water at homes and businesses:<br><br></div><div><strong>Simple, low-cost conservation solutions</strong><br></div><div><ul><li>Do not overwater landscaping and use a smart irrigation controller to reduce outdoor water use. Text WHENTOWATER to 33222 for simple monthly reminders to keep your watering on track.<strong> </strong><a href="https://wateruseitwisely.com/saving-water-outdoors/interactive-watering-guides/" target="_blank"><strong>Learn more. </strong></a></li><li>Find and fix leaks inside and outside.<strong> </strong><a href="https://www.smarthomewaterguide.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Learn more.</strong></a></li><li>Know the optimal amount of water to use in your home with the <a href="/waterservices/usage-calculator" target="_blank"><strong>Water Usage Calculator. </strong></a><br></li></ul></div><div><strong>Substantial conservation solutions</strong><br></div><div><ul><li>Choose xeriscape by removing or reducing grass lawns, and planting native or desert adapted trees, shrubs, and groundcover that require little water once established. <a href="https://www.amwua.org/landscaping-with-style" target="_blank"><strong>Learn more.</strong></a></li><li>Upgrade to water-saving toilets and a low water use dishwasher and washing machine.</li><li>Cover swimming pools to reduce evaporation.</li></ul></div><div>While asking residents and businesses to do their part, the City is increasing its conservation outreach effort. For example, the Phoenix Water Conservation team expanded its homeowner's associations outdoor water efficiency program to reach more neighborhoods. After meeting with just six associations, the Water Conservation team identified a potential for more than 20 million gallons per year of savings – enough water to supply 184 families for a year. As more HOA's participate, Phoenix expects even more water savings.</div><div><br></div><div>The City has worked hard to develop a sustainable water supply and has been designated by the State as having a 100-year assured water supply. In addition, Phoenix recycles nearly all its wastewater, delivering it for use in agriculture, energy production, urban irrigation, aquifer recharge, and riparian wetland maintenance.</div><div><br></div><div>Phoenix will continue to plan, invest and conserve to ensure a sustainable future while providing safe, clean, and reliable water to its customers without interruption. Additionally, the City will continue to take proactive actions to prepare for even deeper shortages on the Colorado River as we strive to become the most sustainable desert city in the world.</div><div><br></div><div><strong><a href="/waterservices/drought" target="_blank">City of Phoenix Drought Action Plan</a></strong><br></div><div><a href="/waterservices/dpp" target="_blank"><strong>Drought Pipeline Project</strong></a></div><div><a href="/newsroom/water-services/2194" target="_blank"><strong>Phoenix City Council Approves Water Conservation Plan</strong></a></div><div><a href="/waterservices/resourcesconservation" target="_blank"><strong>Water Resources and Conservation</strong></a><br></div><div><a href="https://wateruseitwisely.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Water – Use It Wisely</strong></a><br></div><div><a href="https://wateruseitwisely.com/saving-water-outdoors/interactive-watering-guides/" target="_blank"><strong>Landscape Watering Guide</strong></a><br></div><div><a href="https://www.smarthomewaterguide.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Smart Home Water Guide</strong></a></div><div><a href="https://www.amwua.org/landscaping-with-style" target="_blank"><strong>Xeriscaping: Landscaping with Style in the Arizona desert</strong></a><br></div><div><a href="https://www.arizonawaterfacts.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Arizona Department of Water Resources Arizona Water Facts</strong></a><br></div><br></div> <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>-30-</strong> <br> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> <strong>Media Contact:<br>Michael Gertzman<br>Senior Public Information Officer<br>Phoenix Water Services <br>Cell: 602-245-4143 (call or text) <br>Email: <a href="mailto:michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov%2520" target="_blank">michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov ​</a><br><br></strong> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"> <strong> <br></strong> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesLake Mead showing low water levelWater Deptdrought, Michael Gertzman602-534-1209michael.gertzman@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/96/Michael_Gertzman_2022_200_300.jpgPHXWater



Phoenix PD Launches New Tool for Crime Victims https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3167Police7/17/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/--PqVAqQ6MAPhoenix PD Launches New Tool for Crime Victims <div class="ExternalClassEF069D04D0BC41579915DF0112894F37"><html> <p> The Phoenix Police Department is embracing the digital era with the launch of a new customer service tool aimed at enhancing communication with the community. Developed by SPIDR Tech, a leading public service platform for public safety, this software integrates seamlessly with existing computer systems to keep those who call for police services informed and provide real-time updates to victims of crimes. </p><p>When someone calls 911 or the Department’s non-emergency number from a cellphone, they will now receive a text message confirming their call. In cases of delayed response by the officers, an automated message will be sent to the caller letting them know about the delay. Delays may occur due to officers being diverted to a higher-priority calls or a high volume of calls in the city. </p><p>The innovative technology does not stop there. Callers will have the opportunity to give feedback through a user-friendly automated survey about their experience with the Department. The survey will be mobile-friendly and be received as a link on their phone, allowing the caller to complete the survey at their convenience. </p><p>“We want to hear from the public about how we’re doing. This valuable feedback will help us identify and understand areas where we can improve,” said Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan.   </p><p>In addition to the text messaging service, victims will have access to real-time notifications and updates on the status of their case. By signing up through our new Victim Portal on the Department’s website, victims will have 24/7 access to information about their case along with automatic alerts and updates regarding arrests sent via text or email. Traditional methods of case updates through phone calls will still be available.   </p><p>“One of the guiding principles of the Department’s Crime Reduction Plan released earlier this year was to be community and victim-centered. This will allow us to communicate with and better inform the people we serve,” said Sullivan.  </p><p>SPIDR Tech services are set to launch on August 6, 2024. </p><p>This service marks a significant step toward enhanced community engagement and streamlined communication.  ​​<br></p></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Erin MacFarlane Named New Library Services Directorhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/3166Library7/16/2024 6:19:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3166/PHXNewsroom_ErinMacFarlane.jpgErin MacFarlane Named New Library Services Director<div class="ExternalClassEC2521659D024232A739D5B39E9448DC"><html> <p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"></span></p><div>Following a competitive nationwide recruitment process, Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton has announced that Erin MacFarlane has been selected as the next Library Services Director, effective July 29, 2024. <br></div><div><br></div><div>MacFarlane brings 26 years of experience in education and libraries to our team. She started her library career at the Phoenix Public Library in 2006. She’s spent the last 14 years in various positions at the Maricopa County Library District, most recently se​rving as Deputy Director.</div><div><br></div><div>During her time at Maricopa County, Erin significantly expanded library access by implementing virtual library programs, digital library card registration, and curbside pickup of library materials. <br></div><div><br></div><div>She played a crucial role in establishing key community partnerships, including an award-winning program with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to expand library material access in county jails. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Erin also works with the American Library Association and the Arizona Library Association on public policy initiatives that promote intellectual freedom and access to electronic resources for an open information society. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Erin holds an undergraduate degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Arizona.<br></div><div><br></div><div>MacFarlane replaces Rita Hamilton, <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/library/3046">who retired from the City in April </a>after serving as the City Librarian for 13 years. Mitch Menchaca, the City’s Arts and Culture Director has been serving as Interim City Librarian.<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNews
Award-Winning Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop Returns July 17https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/3164Aviation7/12/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3164/newsroom_aviation_105.jpgAward-Winning Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop Returns July 17<div class="ExternalClass187F835ED3DB40DDB08C1200662AB328"><html> <p>With summer upon us, Arizonans might be looking to escape the summer heat. However, an airport is not an easy experience for everyone and can be overwhelming for an estimated seven million people in the United States experiencing dementia. To help alleviate that stress, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is thrilled to offer our award-winning Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop for the third time.<br><br>The Guest and Employee Experience Team at Phoenix Sky Harbor recognizes the importance of the Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop, as it continues to help passengers with dementia and their care providers plan and learn how to navigate a busy airport.<br><br>“We understand that navigating an airport is not the same experience for all, and when you add in the variable of dementia, it can be even more challenging.” said PHX’s Guest and Employee Experience Superintendent, Misty Cisneros-Contreras. “This workshop has proven to provide a valuable service to our community and an opportunity for our passengers dealing with dementia to be prepared and ready to fly next time they visit Phoenix Sky Harbor.” <br><br>The Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop is a unique opportunity that puts representatives from the airport and TSA all in one room to share information and tips while answering questions from family members of those with dementia and care providers.<br><br>The Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 17, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Those interested in learning more or wishing to attend the workshop can email <a href="mailto:skyharbor@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">skyharbor@phoenix.gov</a>. Include in the subject line “Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop Registration.” Those interested in attending should register in advance as seating for the event is limited.<br><br>Phoenix Sky Harbor was the first airport in the country to offer this type of workshop and was recognized by Airports Council International – North America as the best Customer Experience Program for Large Airports as part of their Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience Awards in 2023.<br><br>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $44 billion. On an average day, more than 1,000 aircraft and more than 130,000 passengers arrive at and depart from Phoenix Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the airport.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNews



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