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Water Conservation
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Water Conservation
Contact
Robin Harrington
Utilities Program Manager
Email

211 West Aspen Ave
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Ph: (928) 213-4837
Fax: (928) 213-2409

Hours
Monday - Friday
Summer
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Winter
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The City of Flagstaff has had a water conservation program since 1988 and has developed programs and published literature for customers to use in their efforts to use our water resources wisely and efficiently. The following sections contain information relating to the various subjects currently of interest to our customers.

Flagstaff Watering Schedule: We are currently in Water Availability Strategy I

If the last number of you home or business address is:
  • Odd (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) run the sprinklers and drip systems on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • Even (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) run the sprinklers and drip systems on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.   
  • Avoid running the sprinklers on windy days.  This will reduce wasting water.
  • Adjust your sprinkler system to reduce spraying and runoff onto sidewalks and streets.  This will lower your water bill and reduce wasted water.
  • Check your sprinkler system periodically to make sure sprinkler heads and spray emitters are still working properly or are even there!  Many sites are found each week with damaged or missing sprinkler heads and drip spray emitters.  Irrigation systems will not work properly if even one of these items is missing.
  • Landscape Watering is strictly prohibited between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. No use of sprinkler or drip systems is permitted on Monday from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm. This is a day to replenish and maintain our water system. 
  • For more information, view the water conservation strategies.
  • Hand watering is allowed everyday, even on Monday, before 9 am and after 5 pm!

Status of Rebates 
Funds for rebates for High Efficiency Toilets, Turf Removal and Rainwater Harvesting for City of Flagstaff water customers have been depleted but we will still accept and save your application and receipt and process it starting July 1, 2016.   If you submitted a rebate recently and would like to know if it will be processed in 2015, please contact Robin Harrington at (928) 213-4837 or at  with your questions.  You can find more detailed information on the forms for rebates for water conservation and on High Efficiency Toilet flushing performance ratings

Finding Water Leaks
If you have problems with lost water and can't figure out where it has gone, check out AMWUA's smart home water guide to leaks.



Water Festivals 
The City of Flagstaff will once again be partnering with AZ Project WET to coordinate our eighth water festival for local fourth graders, including home schooled students, on September 17, 2015, at Foxglenn Park.   

View Your Water Use 
You can access your account to see your water consumption each month.  Select the link and see the difference from month to month to help you find out where your water is going! 

Reclaimed Water
The City of Flagstaff is taking a number of significant strides in the effort to enhance water use efficiency. Reclaimed Water is now delivered to many areas of the City to provide for irrigation as well as other uses for a total of 38 customers at 72 sites.  Staff will be analyzing reclaimed water consumption at least quarterly to provide information to these customers on consumption quantities to assist in detecting unscheduled consumption due to leaks or malfunctioning equipment.

Water Conservation Misc. Facts / Presentations

    Xeriscape Plants that do well in the Flagstaff area can be found at local nurseries.  Check out this list when you consider what plants you would like to add to your yard but want to conserve water.

    You can go to the National Geographic water footprint calculator website and learn more with the online calculator.  Use this interactive tool to take a water tour through your home, garden, diet, energy use, etc. 

     
  • Did you know that a top loading washer that is 14 years old or older can use 100 gallons of water each time you wash a large load? And for every extra rinse you add, you may be adding 25 gallons to that amount. Start saving today and research efficient appliance replacements. Newer washers can use 18 to 35 gallons per load, saving you money & water.   
  • 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) toilet testing.  You can view this document that was updated in April 2014.
  • On an annual basis, Flagstaff citizens use about 112 gallons per person per day (this is all water consumed in Flagstaff for commercial, industrial and residential needs divided by the population of Flagstaff). This is good, but it still adds up to a lot of water. Flagstaff citizens and visitors consume nearly three billion gallons of drinking water each year. This past winter was very dry and there is limited water available for our customers in Lake Mary.
  • To see a presentation on the impacts of using bottled water, view Bottled Water Disaster.