Tucson AMA: Conservation
Within the Tucson AMA, each water use sector must meet mandatory conservation requirements. The general provisions are defined in Arizona statute, while the specific program requirements are included in the 10-year management plans that are developed for each AMA as part of an extensive public process.
For the municipal sector, undesignated water companies must join the Modified Non per Capita Conservation Program (Modified NPCCP), or if remaining in the GPCD program (designated providers only) providers must meet per capita use targets or implement a series of stringent conservation practices. There are also requirements to minimize system losses and incentives to use non-groundwater supplies. The AMA's largest providers, by population, are Tucson Water, Metro Water, Oro Valley, Community Water of Green Valley, and Flowing Wells Irrigation District.
For the industrial sector, the conservation requirements are tailored to the particular use, and include both volume-based allotments as well as best management practices. Regulated industrial facilities within the Tucson AMA include:
Agricultural users must manage water use within an allotment based on historic cropping patterns, or comply with best management practices. There is also a prohibition on irrigating new land within AMAs. There are more than 400 Irrigation Grandfathered rights in the Tucson AMA, covering 37,000 eligible acres, with 160,000 acre-feet of associated water allotments. More than half of all rights are less than 10 acres.
As of : 1/09
The Tucson AMA supports non-regulatory conservation primarily through its Water Management Assistance Program. This program is funded through a portion of the groundwater withdrawal fees paid annually by persons withdrawing groundwater from regulated wells in the AMA. This funding, (up to $0.50/acre-foot), has been used to support a Conservation Specialist position within the AMA, as well as conservation project funding, planning assistance, technical support, community outreach and education efforts.
The contest includes categories for:
For information, rules, entry forms and prizes, or to nominate a Community Xeriscape Leader visit: http://www.desertmuseum.org/xeriscape/ or call
The Annual Tucson Xeriscape Contest is designed to recognize and showcase homeowners who have implemented Xeriscape principles and used native plants in their landscapes and to increase awareness of innovations in landscaping and water-use efficiency (there is a separate category for entries professionally designed and installed).
Landscapes must have been substantially designed, installed and maintained by a homeowner. These may include single-family, condominium, town house, or manufactured home residences. Landscapes must be at least two years old, or have a mature look. Judges will consider all elements of water efficient Xeriscape design.
Xeriscape Guidelines for Residential Entries:
Eligibility: Any Xeriscape landscape in the greater Tucson area installed a minimum of 2 years, or has attained a mature look by using salvaged plants or larger nursery stock.
The following guidelines, based on the seven principles of Xeriscape, provide the criteria for judging the entered landscape in the Xeriscape Contest.
Xeriscape Guidelines for Professional Entries:
The J.D. Di Meglio Artistry In Landscaping Award celebrates the unique beauty of desert landscaping. J.D. DiMeglio (1960—2001) made a lasting contribution to the community by sharing his knowledge of plants, irrigation and design with a contagious smile and incredible enthusiasm. He inspired everyone he met to embrace the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, and to appreciate the natural artistry in the native landscape. His company, “Horizons West Landscaping”, specialized in mixing native and traditional plants, and he left Tucson with a living legacy through his many private gardens and public landscapes.
The “J.D. Di Meglio Artistry in Landscaping Award” honors J.D.'s memory, and is given at the
Judges discretion and may be given to either a Homeowner or Professional entry.
In addition to the Homeowner and Professional categories, the Xeriscape Contest has an award that recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to the community, and a special award for landscape artistry.
The Community Xeriscape Leader Award recognizes an individual or organization that has been a driving force in promoting Xeriscape principles and/or the use of native and arid-adapted plants.
If so, then please nominate them by completing the Community Xeriscape Leader Award nomination form at http://www.desertmuseum.org/xeriscape/ or call (520) 880-3010.
is a program intended to educate retail nursery customers on how to plan and maintain a healthy and water efficient landscape. The program is a voluntary collaboration between ADWR Tucson AMA and local nurseries that uses a simple water drop system to identify plants with similar water requirements. All of the labeled plants are Xeriscape plants currently on the Tucson Low Water Use/Drought Tolerant plant list. Plants are labeled one through three, distinguished with corresponding water drops and numbers. A "number one" indicates very low water use-mostly native plants, two is low water use and three is moderate water use.
By choosing plants with the same number, a gardener can more successfully group plants by water needs. Although the plants are all low-water-using, the frequency that they need to be irrigated varies from approximately once a week to once a month after the plants are established. ADWR encourages consumers to use separate valves on their irrigation system to water each zone, enabling them to manage their irrigation water use more efficiently.
The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) would like to encourage everyone in Arizona to conserve water. Residential, commercial, industrial, governmental, and institutional users all must help conserve.
Test your knowledge of water and water conservation using Tucson AMA "Water Catchers"
Great education for the public, teachers and kids:
Reading your water meter (33.1 KB)
Gray Water and Rainwater Harvesting
Arizona Tax Credits -Technical correction (HB 2103) was passed and becomes law effective September 26, 2008
Language was clarified in A.R.S. §43-1090.01-K Specifies that A.R.S. §43-1090.01 as amended by this act, applies retroactively to taxable years beginning from and after December 31, 2006
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