The city of Scottsdale is asking all residents, businesses and visitors to conserve their water usage by at least 5% as the state is now officially in tier one of a Colorado River supply shortage.
The shortage was declared by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in August, with the implementation taking effect Jan. 1, 2022. As a result, Central Arizona Project’s water supply will be reduced by 30% in 2022, with most of the cuts coming from agriculture.
While residents and businesses in Scottsdale will not see a shortage at their taps, everyone is asked to look at their water use and find better ways to conserve this precious resource.
To help residents conserve, Scottsdale Water has a list of ways residents and businesses can save. Since 70% of residential water is used outside, residents are encouraged to take some simple steps today that can make a big impact throughout the year:
“Water conservation programs have been in place in Scottsdale for decades and many Scottsdale residents and business know their value,” Scottsdale Water executive director Brian Biesemeyer stated in the release. “Now we need to step up our game and take water conservation to the next level.”
Scottsdale was the first city in Arizona to declare stage one of its Drought Management Plan; as of 2022, other cities have followed suit.
This declaration started what is forecasted to be a multi-year plan as river projections are forecasted to remain the same or decrease in the coming years.
At stage one of Scottsdale’s DMP, water users are asked to reduce their water use. At stage two, increased water use restrictions and mandatory water conservation may be imposed by the city to include imposing a water shortage surcharge on one or more of the customer sectors and potential additional mandatory water use restrictions on water customers.
The city is taking the lead in the community. With the activation of Scottsdale’s DMP, the city is finding ways to internally conserve water.
“With less water coming to us from the Colorado River in 2022, we need to learn to live with less and that starts every time we turn on the tap, flush the toilet or start our irrigation systems,” Biesemeyer stated.
In recent years Scottsdale Parks has significantly reduced turf and converted non-recreational grass areas to xeriscape; facilities have also converted faucets and toilets to low flow; and Scottsdale Water has audited different departments and facilities for water conservation efficiencies.
As part of the DMP, Scottsdale’s drought management team is looking for better ways to conserve across the city and educate the public on better water conservation efforts.
Just as the city is asking residents to conserve, it too has pledged to save 5% above and beyond the measures already being implemented. Working together, Scottsdale hopes to achieve maximum sustainability for a prosperous future.
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