Water Conservation

The City of Surprise Water Conservation Program is an important component of the City’s water resource portfolio management strategy. Its purpose is to educate and promote the efficient use of water across sectors in the community including residential, commercial, and industrial uses. Our goal is to realize reductions in per capita water use while balancing a healthy, sustainable quality of life for our residents.

Practicing a low-water-use lifestyle is one way that we can all help stretch our limited water supplies while saving time and money. Thanks to the City’s involvement at the local, regional, and national levels of water conservation education, we have access to a variety of resources to help our customers reduce their water use. Explore our pages to find water conservation resources specific to your needs.

We are here to help!

Top 5 water-saving tips Free resources to help
1. Check for indoor & outdoor leaks monthly Smart Home Water Guide
2. Visit Water – Use It Wisely for water-saving tips and advice Water – Use It Wisely
3. Install WaterSense®-labeled products in the home Apply for a City of Surprise rebate (see below)
4. Install and appropriately maintain native and desert-adapted plants Attend a Water-wise Surprise workshop (see below)
5. Create and follow a water budget for your landscape Plant Watering Guide

Rebate Program

In the Phoenix-metropolitan area up to 70% of residential water use occurs outdoors. As a result, we offer water efficiency rebates to incentivize landscape upgrades that will enhance the sustainable use of water to irrigate personal and public landscaped areas.

Beginning July 1, 2021 the City will be accepting applications for three rebate-types:

  • Installation of a WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller
  • Single-family new home Xeriscape landscape installation
  • HOA, commercial, and multifamily turf removal

Program details including application deadlines and eligibility requirements can be found in the link below. Note: applicant must be a City of Surprise water customer to be eligible for a rebate.

FY22 Rebate Program Parameters

Apply Here

To apply for the HOA turf removal rebate, please contact us directly at conservewater@surpriseaz.gov.

Water Conservation Workshops

Watering by the Numbers - Saturday, February 26, 9-11 a.m.
It's as easy as 1-2-3! Water-wise landscaping matches how much water your plants really need with how much water your irrigation system applies. Additional topics included in this course are turf watering, irrigation system components, and controller programming. 

Master Gardener Class: Desert Landscape Design - Friday, March 4, 9-10 a.m.
This class will give participants an understanding of what plants grow well here in the valley. For anyone wanting to plant nonnatives we will try to provide possible amendments needed or we can recommend a native counter-part. Other topics include when and where to plant trees, shrubs or ornamentals, and winter plant maintenance. This program is intended for participants that may want to replace vegetation lost during monsoons, new landscapes, or yard makeovers. 

Master Gardener Class: Desert Wildflowers - Saturday, March 5, 9-11 a.m.
This class will teach participants about wildflowers, annuals and perennials that are well suited to our climate, and how to grow and maintain a beautiful spring garden,

Spring Training: Water Edition (Youth Program) - March 15-18, 9-11 a.m.
Did you know, there are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you, no matter your age! This new workshop series is designed specifically for the youth of Surprise. We will play interactive games, create arts and crafts, and learn about your important role in our water cycle! These free classes are best suited for kids ages 5‐12. For more information, email conservewater@surpriseaz.gov

Irrigation Maintenance & Repair - Saturday, March 19, 9-11 a.m.
Irrigation Specialist Dave Pratt will share tips on finding and fixing leaks and overall irrigation system maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair.

Master Gardener Class: Tree Maintenance - Friday, March 25, 9-10 a.m.
This class will teach participants what kind of plant maintenance is necessary for healthy trees. How and when to prune, fertilizing, watering, and care tips for spring and summer.

Desert Lawn Care - Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Keeping beautiful grass in the desert can be challenging, let Surprise Water help keep your yard attractive while also keeping you water bill down! Irrigation Specialist, Dave Pratt will cover the basics of proper maintenance, fertilizing, and watering for a beautiful, water-efficient lawn.

The workshops will take place in the Surprise Water Education Center located at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Register for a Workshop


Special Offering!In Collaboration with West Valley Water Users Association

Desert Plant Survival 101, Virtual Class via Zoom
Saturday, May 21, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Description: Discover the top reasons why plants do not do well, what to look for at the nursery, and how to plant, properly water, and maintain healthy plants (includes pruning tips and a pruning schedule for common low desert landscape plants).
Instructor: Jo Miller, Master Gardener, Author, and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor

Register for the class!

Hydrate Surprise Landscape Workshops

The City of Surprise & EPCOR have partnered together to offer Watershed Management Group’s Hydrate the Valley series in Surprise. Each session is curated to offer a variety of water conservation best practices to help residents get the most out of their yards, while balancing outdoor water use in the desert. From your favorite topic, to attending the full series, we can help you build a plan to get your projects pumped!

Upcoming Classes

Class Date/Time  
Water Harvesting Landscape Design July 6, 2022 | 6-7:30 p.m.  Register
Selecting Native Plants for Multiple Benefits July 13, 2022 | 6-7:30 p.m.  Register
Sizing and Installing Tanks July 20, 2022 | 6-7:30 p.m.  Register
Building Healthy Desert Soils July 27, 2022 | 6-7:30 p.m.  Register
Irrigating with Greywater August 3, 2022 | 6-7:30 p.m.  Register

For more information, email ConserveWater@SurpriseAZ.gov