Read the Arizona Water Meter Report:
- Full Report (.pdf)
- Executive Summary (.pdf)
- Scoring Criteria (Appendix A)
- Slideshow from the Arizona "Top Drop" Awards Event
- Casa Grande
- Lake Havasu City
- Sierra Vista
Detailed Summaries of Community Water Conservation Programs:
Learn more about the statutory water conservation regulations in Arizona by reading this 6-page introduction.
Estimated Water Demand and Conservation Potential of Domestic Wells in the Sierra Vista Subwatershed, Arizona Study
To better understand residential domestic well use for planning purposes and to identify appropriate conservation approaches, Western Resource Advocates funded a study that developed a method to estimate demand and the water conservation potential of domestic wells in the Sierra Vista Subwatershed (SVS) in southeastern Arizona. Learn more by reading the full study. For a quick overview read the factsheet.Arizona Water Meter Report:
Water supplies in Arizona are already a precious resource. Given estimates that the state will almost double in population over the next 45 years, water supply challenges are only going to become more difficult.
Western Resource Advocates promotes urban water conservation as a no-regrets strategy for increasing water supplies - one that is often cheaper, faster, and smarter than "traditional" water supply approaches that rely on obtaining more water from elsewhere. Maximizing water conservation efforts and programs across the state will allow Arizona cities to do more with their existing water supplies.
Our report "Arizona Water Meter" highlights the water conservation programs of 15 Arizona communities and evaluates their programs by seven important water conservation criteria (see below). The communities are Buckeye, Casa Grande, Chandler, Clarkdale, Lake Havasu City, Mesa, Payson, Peoria, Phoenix, Prescott, Safford, Scottsdale, Sierra Vista, Tucson, and Yuma.
These communities represent a diverse cross-section of municipal water providers, and are varied with respect to size, budget, geographic location, ownership structure, and regulatory program. By presenting a broad sample of current conservation practices, utilities, researchers, policy makers, and local communities can make informed decisions about the possibilities that exist for improvement in their own programs.
There are seven criteria that constitute a thorough water conservation program:
- Minimizing per capita water use
- Water rate structures that encourage wise water use
- Community-based water conservation programs
- Conservation ordinances
- Funding for conservation programs
- Stemming system water loss
- Effluent reuse
How Well is Your Arizona Community Doing?
Links that show how Arizona and its communities successfully engage in water conservation: