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Phoenix Water Grows Trees to Revitalize Tres Rios Wetlands Services6/16/2020 4:00:00 PM planting (749x421).pngPhoenix Water Grows Trees to Revitalize Tres Rios Wetlands<div class="ExternalClass7B1B61C1E91F41AA80DD463DD557EF27"><html> <p>The lush and scenic Tres Rios Wetlands are full of cottonwood groves, willows, mesquites, palo verde and other desert trees around the reed-lined ponds. Among these native trees lives the highly invasive salt cedar. These problematic trees diminish the health of surrounding trees by taking away water and nutrients. “A fully-grown salt cedar can drink up to 200 gallons of water a day,” said Lisa Bird, Operations & Maintenance Supervisor at the Tres Rios Wetlands.<br></p> <p>As Phoenix Water staff remove the overpowering salt cedar, they replace it with native plants to prevent the salt cedar from growing back. The team at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant grow trees from native seed pods rather than purchasing more trees.<br></p> <p>The project started over two years ago by building a structure with supplies already on hand and a goal to grow more desert trees.<br></p> <p>Throughout the year, staff harvest seed pods from native desert trees at the wetlands. They strategically plant seeds in stages year-round to always have trees readily available. These seeds are planted in tall pots or PVC pipe and grow in a shaded structure until they are ready for planting. The tall pot allows young plants to develop a tap root as long as 30 inches. A healthy taproot allows the plant to reach water deep in the soil.<br></p> <p>Last year 250 trees were grown and almost all of them have successfully matured in the ground. The shade structure now has the capacity to produce 1,000 trees.<br></p> <p>“This project restores a vital wetland and riparian habitat that is home to more than 150 different species of birds and animals like muskrats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, bobcats and beavers,” states Stuart Dalbey, Deputy Water Services Director at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant. “This is part of a larger effort to bring the Salt River back to the condition it was in during the early 1800s.”<br></p> <p>Phoenix Water donates some of the trees to the Parks and Recreation Department. Since March of 2019, 272 trees have been donated to the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration area, 15 to North Mountain Park, North Mountain Visitor Center and Deem Hills Preserve areas and 8 to the Sonoran Preserve.​</p><p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><br></span></p><p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><em>Story by Gina Conrow</em></span></p> </html></div>
Phoenix Water Extending the Life of N95 and Surgical Masks for Staff to Reuse Services5/27/2020 4:00:00 PM Water Extending the Life of N95 and Surgical Masks for Staff to Reuse <div class="ExternalClass71A28A7F2A624ECA9A7B433C9357054C"><html>As the need for N95 and surgical masks continue to rise, equipment in the Phoenix Water Services water quality laboratory is being used to disinfect masks and eliminate any SARS-CoV-2 with Ultraviolet (UV) light. The UV light disinfects the masks without destroying them, which allows staff to reuse them. <br><br>"Our staff working at the Pay Station locations come in contact with residents throughout the day, and they must have the proper PPE. Utilizing equipment we already have in-house, to preserve the PPE and still be in accordance with CDC recommendations goes a long way," said Jennifer Calles, Deputy Water Services Director, in charge of the laboratory. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">National Institutes of Health</a>, UV light, dry heat, and ethyl alcohol can also be used to sanitize masks.<br><br>Phoenix Water utilizes UV light as a part of its daily functions and created a process to properly sanitize the masks and ensure that all safety regulations are being followed. Staff used biological indicators to test the effectiveness of the UV lights. If nothing grows on the biological indicators, the team would know that the masks had been sanitized.<br><br>Phoenix Water staff take extra precautions before, during, and after the process including wearing PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting the work surfaces. The mask owner is responsible for adequately labeling the mask with their name. They then place the dirty mask in a paper bag, also labeled with their name, folded over, and stapled shut. The bag goes into a sealed container, or bin, labeled as "Dirty Masks" and includes the division's name where the staff works. The container is submitted to ESD to be sanitized. The container is also cleaned with disinfectant once emptied and returned. An inventory list is kept of all the masks owners inside the "Dirty Mask" bin and inside the "Clean Mask" bin. <br><br>Once all the masks and containers have been sanitized, the entire room is sanitized with the same UV light. The whole process takes a couple of hours and can be done as often as needed. <br><br></html></div>
Phoenix Water Launches Digital Water Conservation Education Services5/8/2020 8:00:00 PM Water Launches Digital Water Conservation Education<div class="ExternalClass4896C7926CFB48A2A6440021E95D02F5"><html> <p> <em>Taking water conservation to the next level… into the cloud! </em> <br> <br>Phoenix Water Services launches a digital education page to make learning from home convenient for everyone. This page offers water conservation resources for all ages including activity books, games and lesson plans for the kids at home. There's something for everyone including information on how to fix leaks and landscape resources.<br><br>"We value the opportunity to digitally connect with residents and continue community education. Our water conservation staff worked hard to create learning materials that are accessible to everyone," said Kathryn Sorensen, Phoenix Water Services Director. "During a time when people are encouraged to stay home, residents can learn about where their water comes from, average daily water usage, and how we treat wastewater." <br><br>As we all adjust to the new normal of being at home, this new webpage provides fun entertainment for the whole family. Phoenix Water will continue to add new content to the page throughout the year. </p> <p>What are you waiting for? Continue the learning with us! <a target="_blank" href="/waterservicessite/Pages/Digital-Education.aspx">You can visit the new webpage here</a>. <br><br></p> </html></div>