How would you spend $100 on water conservation programs?
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Tucson Water is seeking input on a water conservation plan to guide our program for the next decade. The utility’s conservation programs are funded by a fee all customers pay on their bill. The fee is ten cents for every hundred cubic feet of potable water used (one hundred cubic feet equals 748 gallons). The Conservation Fund collected $3.6 million in fiscal year 2019 and is currently used to support the following programs:
- Zanjeros (trained water managers that provide free water audits for customers)
- Water waste enforcement
- Grade school water cycle and conservation education
- Landscape water efficiency training for professionals and homeowners
- Low income assistance (high-efficiency toilet installations, emergency repairs and rainwater harvesting grants and loans)
- Conservation research on new technologies like leak detection devices, efficiency in cooling towers, rainwater harvesting system performance, and program evaluations
- Customer rebate programs
- High-efficiency toilets
- High-efficiency clothes washers
- Gray water irrigation systems (gently used water from bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines can be used for irrigation)
- High-efficiency urinals
- Customized landscape incentive (includes a water budget tool and irrigation system efficiency upgrades)
- Customized commercial audits and efficiency upgrades
- Promoting conservation throughout the community – outreach, marketing, and devices to support water conservation programs and action
2018 Conservation Fund Allocations
The dollar graphic below represents how conservation funds were allocated in 2018. If you had $100 to dedicate to these programs, how would you divide the money amongst the existing programs? Do you have another water conservation program you would like to see funded, in addition to these programs listed here?
We appreciate your thoughts and will incorporate them into the conservation plan, which will guide the use of conservation funds for the next decade. If you would like more information about the conservation program, click here: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/residential-and-commercial-conservation