The Potential of Water Conservation
This is a compelling example: water use was cut 90% after installing both rainwater harvesting and indoor conservation. The combination is powerful. You could do it too!
Where do you begin?
There are so many ways to conserve water that it can be confusing. To help you get started, this web site provides an overview of water conservation with links to detailed info. Or, you may prefer to watch a video.
One of the best ways for citizens to help the Verde River and our aquifers is by conserving water in your home and business. Small savings from each of thousands of citizens will add up.
Save on your water and sewer bill. The less water you use, the less water you pay for. Your sewer bill is based on your winter water usage, so using less water will cut your sewer bill all year long.
Help protect our groundwater and the Verde River. By conserving water, you immediately decrease groundwater pumping. Prescott and Prescott Valley's water supply is groundwater pumped from the Prescott Active Management Area, where we are pumping three times more than net natural recharge. As a result, Del Rio Springs is projected to dry up in 2025, there is less groundwater flowing into the Verde River, and domestic wells are going dry on the western edge of the basin. This is not sustainable.
Water conservation is much less expensive than huge pipelines. Our aquifers will last longer, and there is less stress on our rivers and wildlife. To learn more about our local water resources and the Verde River, see this web page.
It's the right thing to do. Today, clean, healthy water on demand is taken for granted. We have forgotten the fundamental water ethic: water is life - for humans and wildlife – not a commodity. When your hand is on the faucet handle, remember that your behavior affects our neighbors, our rivers, and our wildlife.