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Plants don’t waste water, people do.


The largest use of potable water in Arizona cities is water on the landscape. As much as 70% of residential water use is outdoors, and millions of gallons are used annually to irrigate non-residential landscapes such as parks, golf courses, sports fields and resorts. Water use in all landscapes can be significantly reduced by using efficient and regionally-appropriate designs, plant selection, and irrigation practices. Whether you live or work in the deserts, plateaus, or mountains of Arizona, the following resources will be useful in planning, installing and maintaining beautiful, water-efficient landscapes:



Regulations on landscapes vary depending on their size and location. Many cities and towns have landscape-related ordinances. Mandatory landscape conservation requirements applicable inside Arizona’s Active Management Areas (AMAs) can be found in Chapters 5 and 6 of the Third Management Plan 2000-2010 and its modifications.

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Spotlight on Conservation

Tucson passes nation's first rainwater harvesting ordinance for commercial properties

In October 2008, the city of Tucson became the first municipality in the country to require developers of commercial properties to harvest rainwater for landscaping. The new water-saving measure mandates that new developments meet 50 percent of their landscaping water requirements by capturing rainwater. The new rule goes into effect June 1, 2010. View the ordinance. Acrobat Icon PDFs (982 KB)

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