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.

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Why Conserve?

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.




  • "Ranchers need clean water for their stock, farmers need it for their crops, every employer needs it to stay in business, and every living thing needs it for life... The law needs to be clear to protect water quality and the rights of landowners."
    Mark Udall
  • "Water is the driver of Nature."
    Leonardo da Vinci
  • "When the well is dry, we know the worth of water."
    Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746
  • "...and since flow of information is to spirit what water is to life, we'd best think about how to keep the pipes free and unclogged."
    Raphie Frank
  • "In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference."
    Rachel Carson
  • "We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one."
    Jacques Yves Cousteau
  • "Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water."
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine
  • "Water is everywhere and in all living things; we cannot be separated from water. No water, no life. Period..."
    Robert Fulghum
  • "It's the water. Everything is driven by the water."
    Mike Thompson
  • "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over."
    Mark Twain