Water Resources and Conservation FAQs
When managing water use in your home or your business, it's important to get the facts.
The City is keeping on top of the latest water conservation strategies and technologies through partnerships with Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE); EPA's WaterSense; American Water Works Association (AWWA); and Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA).
We also are in your schools with Project WET helping Phoenix students learn about water conservation and water resources.
Do I have a responsibility to save water?
We all have a responsibility to conserve our natural resources. The water we all share in Phoenix keeps our city, families and businesses thriving. With a little extra effort, water conservation can become a "Phoenix way of life." Conserving water yields many benefits including time, money and energy savings.
Learning how to save water in your home and your business is easy. The City has put easy-to-follow resources at your fingertips for outdoor and indoor savings.
Why doesn't Phoenix give rebates to encourage customers to reduce water use?
Rebates are offered by utilities to help achieve a goal. For water providers in Arizona, the goal is to reduce water use. The Arizona Department of Water Resources sets conservation goals for each water provider with a timeframe to reach the required reductions. Through good management practices and the water conservation efforts by our customers, Phoenix has been able to achieve and surpass its goal without financial incentives. If Phoenix provided rebates for replacing toilets or converting to desert landscaping on a large scale, the cost would need to be covered by a rate increase or a tax revenue subsidy to pay for it. In either case, Phoenix water customers would ultimately foot the bill. The success of current water use reduction by our customers indicates that such rate increases or tax subsidies would not be justified.
How much water does my lawn need?
How much water a lawn needs varies from house to house and season to season. Factors that effect how much water should be put on grass include the efficiency of the irrigation system, the type of soil at your home and the type of grass in your yard. Phoenix offers a free guide, "Landscape Watering by the Numbers" which has information about proper watering for this area. An online version is available at Water -- Use It Wisely, or a copy can be ordered at the Literature & Media section of this web site, as well as other helpful landscape and irrigation brochures.
Draining my pool seems wasteful, what should I do?
To save water, pool draining should be infrequent (every five years or more). Keeping chemicals in balance helps you avoid wasteful dumping of water. However, when you must drain a pool follow City guidelines by discharging water into sewer cleanouts. There are also new technologies that will clean calcium and other contaminants from the water and recycle the water back into the pool. Information about these services is available at pool supply stores (contact a Valley pool professional for safe draining strategies).
Why do I see grass in Phoenix parks and golf courses?
Municipal parks, golf courses and open spaces provide Phoenix residents and visitors with opportunities for fun and recreation. State-of-the-art monitoring systems are being used, when possible, to ensure a high level of efficiency in irrigation watering.
Take advantage of neighborhood parks and open spaces as an opportunity to replace the maintenance of grass in your own home or business. You'll have more time for friends, family and visitors!
Where do I go for information on water quality?
Each year Phoenix is required to publish an annual water quality report. Learn more about Phoenix's water quality or find a report. Also, visit our salinity page for comprehensive information about how salinity impacts water resources.
Who do I call regarding bad taste, color odor or low water pressure?
Call Customer Service at (602)262-6251.
Where can I get more answers?
Visit the literature & media page to order infromational literature that will assist in greater understaning of water conservation and help you save water and money.
What can I do when I see water waste?
You can report water waste by calling 602-262-6251.
Where can I find out more?