Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona
Finally… some positive, news coming out of Arizona.
In a recent issue, Time Magazine named Tucson one of the nation’s “Intelligent Cities” because it is a desert city with laws that promote grey water and rainwater use. Here’s the story:
In Tucson, Saving the Bath Water Too
If you would like to learn more about rainwater or grey water collection and use, check out the Watershed Management Group. They teach individuals and neighborhoods through workshops and lectures.
I attended a two-weekend, hands-on workshop conducted by Technicians for Sustainability and Stone Curves Co-Housing a few years ago. It was a great experience; I learned a lot of water collection dos and don’ts, which helped me transform my yard. I highly recommend a workshop for anyone who is considering installing a cistern or hiring someone to do it.
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I heartily second the endorsement of the Watershed Management Group. I’ve had three WMG workshops at my place. Have been very pleased with the results.
I think Tucson could do more to encourage gray water and rainwater use — particularly for irrigation– and discourage using city water, but I’m glad we were featured for what we do have. The Time article could have had way more detail– including mentioning the Watershed Management Group and Brad Lancaster.
Hey, Pam! I’m with you on the increased use of gray and rainwater use for irrigation.
And I think that the City of Tucson should take the lead and get all of its properties out of the irrigation loop and onto gray/rainwater harvesting. Having worked on Watershed Management Group projects at three different city council ward offices (1, 3, and 6), I know that there are plenty of willing helpers out there. So, put us to work, City of Tucson. We’re ready!
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