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Posted on: December 8, 2021

Council approves updated Drought Preparedness & Resiliency Plan

Drought Preparedness Plan

City Council approved an updated Community Water Systems Drought Preparedness and Resiliency Plan at their December 7 meeting, which outlines short- and long-term strategies for managing and sustaining our City’s water portfolio. 

This update replaces the previous plan, approved in 2008, and ensures that best management practices are in place to minimize the negative impacts of long-term water shortages. It also provides ways for the City, other water providers operating within the city, businesses and customers to aid in water demand reductions when a drought or shortage occurs.

A Colorado River “Tier 1” shortage declaration will go into effect in January. While the declaration means less water supplies available to Arizona, our City supplies will not experience a reduction due to Arizona’s priority system. This shortage declaration does not mean a shortage at your tap; however, the City understands the vital importance of being water wise. 

With the new Drought Preparedness and Resiliency Plan in effect, the city will focus on enhanced water conservation education and increased conservation resources for residential and non-residential properties. 

Some of the key measures outlined in Stage 1 of the plan include:


  • Expanded messaging and programs regarding time of day irrigation and promotion of the irrigation timer rebate program
  • Expanded messaging about the use of misters, ornamental fountains and sod

HOAs, Industrial, Commercial 

  • Offer water efficiency checks on irrigation systems
  • Water audits of HOA irrigation use
  • Establish guidelines for new sod installation
  • Expanded conservation programming and demonstrations

The City will also be looking at its own practices. We will be expanding indoor water efficiency checks throughout City Hall and other municipal buildings, investigating ways to reduce irrigation for parks and municipal landscaping, and encouraging the limitation of new sod at municipal facilities.

View the entire plan online and learn water saving techniques at

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