Campaign for Conservation - Your Water Connection, Tucson, Arizona
Conservation Corner June 2008 www.tucsonaz.gov/water Xeriscape Your Water Contest WinnersThe Tucson region’s best at creating beautiful yards Connection NEWS & TIPS FOR TUCSON WATER CUSTOMERSwith low-water use vegetation and water saving Thomas Liguore Home techniques were Join the Campaign for honored this month by the Conservation! Arizona It’s an election year, and Pete Department the Beak, Tucson Water’s of Water Conservation mascot, is asking Resources all Tucsonans to Elect to Save and the Water! In our desert community, Tucson it’s the right choice and the smart Botanical choice. In fact, it’s one of the most Gardens. important choices we can make.The top winners of the 8th Annual Regional Xeriscape Pete’s Conservation Campaign PlatformLandscape Contest are: is focused on making your landscapeHomeowner Category as water efficient as possible. His top priorities include:Grand Prize and JD Dimeglio, Artistry inLandscaping Award – Karen Martin and David ZavalaHome Harvest, store and useFirst Place Homeowner – Thomas Liguore Home rain to water plants.First Place Professional Residential – Scott Calhoun Your choices here range from– Zona Gardens for the Newhouse Residence simple hills and depressions thatPublic Works Category guide rainwater to your plants, to installing and connecting guttersGrand Prize – Tucson Department of Transportation – and cisterns directly to yourWater Harvesting, Median Alvernon Way and 29th St. irrigation system.Community Xeriscape Leader – Lisa Shipek, DirectorWatershed Management GroupSpace does not allow the listing of all award winners. Campaign for ConservationVisit www.azwater.gov/tama and click on xeriscape continued insidecontest to learn about all winners and their xeriscapes. Have a question for Water 101 or a suggestion for a topic? Call us at 791-4331 or e-mail to TW_Web1@ci.tucson.az.us
Join the Campaign for Conservation Corner June 2008 www.tucsonaz.gov/water Xeriscape Your Water Conservation! Campaign for Conservation continued from front to use water more Contest Winners The Tucson region’s best at creating beautiful yards Connection NEWS & TIPS FOR TUCSON WATER CUSTOMERS Use grey water from your clothes wisely. Pete’s Beat with low-water use vegetation and water saving Join the Campaign for washer, shower, tub, or bathroom sink. the Peak Activity techniques You can elect to save by using a hose to send water Book features Thomas Liguore Home were from your clothes washer to your landscape plants loads of fun games, honored rather than down the drain. Or, you might choose puzzles and ideas for youngsters who want to get involved in this month by the Conservation! to simply collect water in your shower and use it to the Campaign for Conservation. Kids who Arizona irrigate your potted plants. It’s an election year, and Pete Elect to Save Water can become a Junior Department the Beak, Tucson Water’s Water C. O. P. (Conservation Landscape with native and low water use plants. of Water Conservation mascot, is asking On Patrol) and can write to Once established, these plants need very little additional water Resources all Tucsonans to Elect to Save Pete and let him know what to thrive in our desert environment. Ask for advice at your local and the Water! In our desert community, steps they’ve taken. Look for nursery, or sign up to take a free Water$mart Workshop and Tucson it’s the right choice and the smart the Activity Book on-line at get hands-on training in designing and maintaining a lush, but Botanical choice. In fact, it’s one of the most www.tucsonaz.gov/water, low-water use landscape. Gardens. important choices we can make. or call Tucson Water at 791-4331 for a copy. The top winners of the 8th Annual Regional Xeriscape Pete’s Conservation Campaign Platform Visit www.tucsonaz.gov/water/conservation.htm for Landscape Contest are: is focused on making your landscape more information on how you can benefit from all three Pete’s Campaign for Conservation provides a lot of as water efficient as possible. His top planks of Pete’s Conservation Campaign Platform. help and encouragement to adults as well. Visit our Homeowner Category priorities include: web site to access informative booklets Grand Prize and JD Dimeglio, Artistry in about ways to create desert-appropriate Landscaping Award – Karen Martin and David ZavalaTucsonans have supported Pete’sconservation messages for decades, landscapes, find and fix leaks in your Home Harvest, store and useand thanks to your choices, our home or business, and reuse a portion First Place Homeowner – Thomas Liguore Home rain to water plants.per person water usage over the of your water as grey water to keep your First Place Professional Residential – Scott Calhoun Your choices here range frompast five years has dropped by landscape green. – Zona Gardens for the Newhouse Residence simple hills and depressions thatmore than 10%. But, as we face Our free Zanjero Program will send an Public Works Category guide rainwater to your plants, tocontinuing drought, both here and experienced conservation specialist to installing and connecting gutters Grand Prize – Tucson Department of Transportation –along the Colorado River, we all your home to help you identify leaks and cisterns directly to your Water Harvesting, Median Alvernon Way and 29th St.need to continue making the right and learn how to reduce your water irrigation system.choices each and every day. use. Call 791-3242 for an appointment. Community Xeriscape Leader – Lisa Shipek, Director Watershed Management GroupSince Pete first encouraged the Election season is upon us, and it’scommunity to save water 32 years our choice whether or not to join the Space does not allow the listing of all award winners. Campaign for Conservation Visit www.azwater.gov/tama and click on xeriscape continued insideago, Tucson’s children have been Campaign for Conservation. If all ofhis biggest supporters, and often us Elect to Save Water, we can make a contest to learn about all winners and their xeriscapes. Have a question for Water 101 or a suggestion for aconvince their parents and siblings difference that really counts! topic? Call us at 791-4331 or e-mail to TW_Web1@ci.tucson.az.us
On the Water Front Conservation is Catching On! Tucson is nationally recognized for our income customers who cannotcommitment to water conservation. The afford to take advantage of aleadership shown by our Mayor and Council rebate program. The City isis now being strengthened by the launching also moving ahead with plansof a series of new water conservation to increase the citywide use ofstrategies that will help our community rainwater harvesting and greybecome ever more water smart. water re-use. Your voices were heard loud and clear We will be giving you more Assistant Cityat the recent Conservation Town Halls information about the new water Manager,sponsored by the Mayor and Council and conservation program during the next Karen Masbruch,held inside and outside the City limits. few months and let you know how is serving asWhat you told us is that you support the you can get involved. Thanks to all of Acting Directorwater conservation programs that are in you who took the time to participate of Tucsonplace today, but you also want the newly in the town hall and conservation Water and isrecommended programs to begin as soon as survey. Your ideas and suggestions are facilitating thepossible. always welcome. You can find more nationwide You can be assured that we heard you information about water conservation search for aand are moving forward with these new and the new programs on our web new Director.conservation initiatives including: site and we’ll be happy to answer your Karen will be questions and record your input as we authoring the • a rebate program for low water use toilets continue this community conservation in homes, apartments, and businesses On The Water conversation. Front column built prior to 1991 Karen Masbruch during the • strong incentives for apartment complexes Acting Director, Tucson Water interim. to upgrade their irrigation systems, and • helping restaurants and schools find water savings in their kitchens Clearwater Quality Report — Most recent water quality data (April 7 – May 7, 2008) We are also evaluating a program thatcould provide high efficiency toilets to low 61 Sodium (mg/L) (April 30) 3 72.5 Mineral (mg/L) (April 7 – May 7 avg.)Visit the Tucson Water web site at www.tucsonaz.gov/water 196 Hardness (mg/L) (April 30)Your Water Connection is produced by Tucson Water. To receive a copy, or to receive this 7.18 pH (S.U.) (April 11–14, May 5–7 avg.)information in Spanish, call 791-4331 or mail your request to:Tucson Water, Customer Information, P.O. Box 27210, Neg Coliform Bacteria (April 10)Tucson, AZ 85726-7210. 0.92 Chlorine level (mg/L) (April 7 – May 7 avg.)City of Tucson TTY number: 791-2639Si usted desea este documento escrito en español, por favor llame al 791-4331. 87.0 Temp (deg F) (April 7 – May 7 avg.)
Groundwater Quality Report - April 2008 System Water Quality Zone 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Wide Sodium (mg/L)* Average 53 60 54 46 53 55 37 43 51 45 50 77 Sampling Points Range 49-56 57-62 30-61 31-61 31-62 41-62 24-60 41-50 40-62 38-55 24-62 Mineral Content (mg/L)* Average 351 439 404 349 395 412 302 340 330 311 370 249 Sampling Points Range 188-584 418-449 220-462 193-446 176-451 305-445 180-442 221-447 204-440 198-447 176-584 Hardness (mg/L)* Average 260 188 176 139 163 177 134 173 135 102 162 77 Sampling Points Range 185-359 173-197 88-202 70-197 72-196 138-197 89-189 98-241 75-201 72-161 70-359 pH (S.U.) Average 7.9 8.0 8.0 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.7 7.9 7.9 7.9 249 Sampling Points Range 7.4-8.1 8.0-8.1 7.2-8.2 7.8-8.1 7.5-8.1 7.7-8.1 7.5-8.1 7.2-7.9 7.6-8.0 7.3-8.1 7.2-8.2 Temperature (deg F) Average 77 79 78 80 78 79 78 79 80 78 79 249 Sampling Points Range 73-79 75-83 75-82 76-85 70-84 73-82 73-81 73-82 73-84 71-82 70-85 Coliform Bacteria Testing Report - April 2008 Groundwater Quality Report * mg/L means milligrams per liter; 1 mg/L = 1 teaspoon in 1,302 gallons ** 17.1 milligrams per liter (mg/L) = 1 grain per gallon; Therefore, the system-wide hardness average as reported for April 2008: 162 mg/L With the exception of chlorine and coliform divided by 17.1 = 9.47 grains per gallon. bacteria, none of the water quality parameters reported here have U.S. Environmental ProtectionTo give you a more accurate measurement of the water quality in your Agency primary standards set for them. For moreneighborhood, the Tucson Water service area has been divided into information about primary and secondary water10 zones based on differences in water pressure and water quality. quality standards, visit Tucson Water’s Web site atFor a detailed description of the zone boundaries, call 791-4331. www.tucsonaz.gov/water.