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City of Phoenix to Launch Inaugural Stormwater Awareness Week Services1/13/2020 4:00:00 PM of Phoenix to Launch Inaugural Stormwater Awareness Week<div class="ExternalClass70182105A89B482C98E7DA152DB115BB"><html> <p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">With an unusually wet winter underway, Phoenix Water Services is kicking off the new year with a focus on stormwater pollution prevention. The utility's first-ever Stormwater Awareness Week is set for January 20 – 26. </span> <br> </p> <p>A number of Arizona cities and organizations will join Phoenix for this regional effort to educate the public about the importance of preserving stormwater quality for the environment and future generations.<br></p> <p>“As the fifth largest city in the nation, we have the ability to reach a lot of people with this important campaign," says Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “We hope Stormwater Awareness Week will not only educate, but also motivate folks to make smart choices when it comes to preserving the quality of stormwater in our desert city."     <br></p> <p>Stormwater picks up pollutants as it flows over rooftops, gutters, parking lots, driveways, and other paved surfaces. That polluted stormwater can work its way into storm drains, and eventually to surface water and retention areas.<br></p> <p>“Stormwater is not treated like the wastewater from your kitchen sink or toilet – it goes directly into the environment," says Phoenix Water Services Director Kathryn Sorensen. “Our actions matter, so it is important that we take simple steps every day to prevent stormwater pollution."<br></p> <p>Simple actions to reduce stormwater pollution include:</p> <ul style="list-style-type:disc;"> <li>Disposing trash, recyclables and chemicals properly like detergent, paint, medications, etc.</li> <li>Recycling motor oil and maintaining your vehicle to prevent leaks</li> <li>Cleaning up after your pet</li> <li>Using lawn-chemicals sparingly and always following manufacturer's directions</li> <li>Properly disposing leftover paint and household chemicals at a household hazardous waste event</li> <li>And please remember - only rain in the storm drain <br></li> </ul> <p>“Everyone has a role in stormwater pollution prevention, and by taking these simple actions our efforts can go a long way in keeping our rivers clean and beautiful for generations to come," says Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee.<br></p> <p>To learn more about the City of Phoenix Water Services Department Stormwater Awareness Week and what you can do as an individual or business to prevent stormwater pollution, please visit​​​<br></p> </html></div>
Phoenix Takes Additional Steps to Ensure Broad Access to Clean, Safe, Affordable Water Services11/1/2019 9:00:00 PM Takes Additional Steps to Ensure Broad Access to Clean, Safe, Affordable Water<div class="ExternalClass5D5A92F664E54D2EBF0680DA117B2A32"><html> ​Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego recently announced an initiative that puts water equity front and center for Phoenix Water Services.<br><br> According to the U.S. Water Alliance, water equity occurs when all communities have access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water and wastewater services; are resilient in the face of climate risks; have a role in decision-making processes related to water management in their communities; and share in the economic, social, and environmental benefits of water systems. <br><br> Mayor Gallego stated, “Smart and equitable water management fosters opportunity for the entire community and is the right thing to do."<br><br> The announcement of the Water Equity Initiative comes after Phoenix Water asked its citizens' advisory committee to examine the issues of water equity more closely.  The citizens' committee—all representatives of the broader community—will examine current utility billing charges and procedures.<br><br> Citizens' Water/Wastewater Rate Advisory Committee Chairman Richard Rea noted, “The city of Phoenix is fortunate to have a world-class water utility committed to making certain all residents will continue to have to quality water now and in the future. The citizens' committee plays a vital role in monitoring operations and reviewing changes in the department to ensure they align with this overarching goal."<br><br> The city has a robust program to assist customers who cannot pay their City Services Bill.  The committee will consider whether this program is adequately funded.  The committee will also consider whether the city is investing properly in aging pipelines in struggling neighborhoods; the appropriate trajectory and pace of the city's water facility beautification program; and efforts to create a water workforce pipeline in the community. <br><br> Phoenix Water Services Director Kathryn Sorensen stated, “Water equity is an important and complex subject.  We are grateful to our citizens' committee for their thoughtful, thorough consideration of these issues."<br><br> Councilmember Carlos Garcia added, “Water is the foundation of health and economic vitality in a desert city. The Water Equity Initiative shows Phoenix is continuing to move in the right direction with innovative management strategies that ensure access to clean, safe, affordable water for everyone, especially those in our most vulnerable communities."<br><br> The committee will be asked to report back their findings to City Council next fall. ​​<br> </html></div>
Phoenix Receives Sustainable Water Utility Management Award Services10/31/2019 8:00:00 PM Receives Sustainable Water Utility Management Award<div class="ExternalClass8083DA8EFBC24E828F7EF5124E4184AA"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix Water Services Department was recently honored by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) with a top utility management award. The announcement came at AMWA's 2019 Executive Management Conference. Phoenix Water was one of the fifteen systems that received the Sustainable Water Utility Management Award for achieving a balance of innovative and successful efforts in areas of economic, social and environmental endeavors.</p> <p style="color:rgb(68, 68, 68);font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:1.6;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;">“AMWA awards spotlight the exceptional advances of public drinking water utilities that lead the nation toward sustainability through innovative management practices, executive leadership and employee commitment," said AMWA President Steve Schneider, General Manager of Saint Paul Regional Water Services. “Communities that rely on AMWA's 2019 award winning utilities for safe, clean drinking water can also take pride in their outstanding utility management performance." <br></p> <p style="color:rgb(68, 68, 68);font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:1.6;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;">Some of the successes that separated Phoenix Water from other municipal utilities include the acquisition of water resources to meet demand 100 years into the future; reduced energy consumption through the adoption of electronic processes such as automated meter reading; and 140 million gallons of wastewater recycled, daily.<br></p> <p style="color:rgb(68, 68, 68);font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:1.6;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;">“Phoenix Water prides itself on providing excellent water services, and we work hard to ensure that will have the resources and ability to continue to provide clean, safe and reliable drinking water for generations to come," said Kathryn Sorensen, Phoenix Water Services Director. “Our work will continue to focus on the importance of sustainability and being an innovative public water utility."<br></p> <p style="color:rgb(68, 68, 68);font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:1.6;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;">In all, 19 utilities received awards for demonstrating excellence in various areas of utility management.​​<br><br></p> </html></div>