CITY OF FLAGSTAFF WATER CONSERVATION
Mayor Evans Thanks the Community After Flagstaff Won the 30,000-99,000 Population Category in the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
Since 1988, the City of Flagstaff’s water conservation program has helped customers reduce their water use by 50%!
If you have questions about our rebate or other water conservation programs, please contact the water conservation office at (928) 213-2116.
Flagstaff citizens use about 101 gallons of water per person per day* and visitors nearly 3 billion gallons of drinking water each year. Although we have done a great job in reducing our water consumption over the past few decades, we can — and should — do more. Here are ways you can help achieve this goal.
Water Conservation Tips
1. Repair your leaking toilet! A leaking toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water each day. Click here to learn how to check for leaks yourself. We're always happy to answer questions... and we have dye tabs and toilet parts available upon request.
2. Replace your old toilets. Toilets manufactured before 1994 use 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. New WaterSense models use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush. Look for toilets that score 500 or more on the MaP (maximum performance) test. Learn about our toilet rebate program.
4. Track your water use! Access your account to see your water consumption each month.
5. Replace your lawn with low-water-use plants. The Arboretum and local nurseries carry xeriscape plants that do well in the Flagstaff area. Remember to decrease supplemental water once the plants have been established and at least 3 years after they have been planted. Many customers find that they rarely need to water established plants, including trees and shrubs. The Arboretum offers home site visits to help you learn the best way to manage your plants and landscape. Learn about our turf removal rebate program.
6. Harvest rainwater and grey water for your landscaping needs. One inch of rain will provide 600 gallons of water for every 1,000 square feet of roof! Learn more about rainwater harvesting and our rebate program.
7. Repair household leaks. If you suspect a leak, you can learn how to perform your own home water audit by checking out either the English version of AMWUA’s smart home water guide to leaks or the Spanish version of AMWUA's smart home water guide to leaks. You can also review your water use with the list provided on the WaterSense web site. The Water Use it Wisely website also has an audit list to see how well you score on your water consumption practices.
8. If possible, use reclaimed water for landscape irrigation. Reclaimed water is delivered to many areas of the City for irrigation and other uses; we deliver to 38 customers at 72 sites. Learn more about reclaimed water.
9. Upgrade your washing machine. Newer HE washers use 18 to 35 gallons per load. Compare this to an older model and you can quickly see a savings in both money, water and energy costs.
10. Water wisely outdoors. Avoid running sprinklers on windy days. Adjust your sprinkler system to reduce spraying and runoff onto sidewalks and streets. Check your sprinkler system periodically to make sure the heads and spray emitters are still working properly or are even there! Damaged or missing sprinkler heads and drip spray emitters are common — and irrigation systems will not work properly if even one is missing or damaged.
11. Protect your pipes from freezing. Cold weather & burst lines can waste water and cause extensive damage to your home. Be sure to disconnect hoses, place insulated covers on your outdoor faucets, keep your garage door closed (especially at night), and insulate your water lines in cooler areas, such as in the garage or by outside walls. You’ll be glad you did!
Check out this video on how to fix a leaky outdoor faucet.
- Brochure on water saving tips at our office (second floor of City Hall at 211 W. Aspen)
- Arizona Water Awareness Month website
- EPA video on saving water in the shower with WaterSense showerheads
- National Geographic’s water footprint calculator
- Bottled Water Disaster — a presentation on the impacts of using bottled water
* Per-capita water use is calculated by adding all of the water consumed for commercial, industrial, and residential needs and dividing by the total population