Whether you were born in Arizona or migrated here from other areas, you’ve probably wondered about water in our desert state. Where does it come from? Are we running out? With little rainfall, high temperatures and a sea of irrigated lawns, being educated and paying attention to water use in Arizona is important for all citizens and business owners.
Local First Arizona is thrilled to be working together with the Water - Use It Wisely initiative, a coalition of cities and providers that are promoting water conservation in Arizona. Partners include the cities of Avondale, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, the town of Queen Creek, and water providers including CAP, EPCOR Water, Global Water, SRP, Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association. Additionally, nearly 400 towns, cities, states, utilities and private and public organizations have adopted the Water - Use It Wisely (WUIW) campaign, making it one of the largest conservation educational outreach programs in the world.
“Water - Use It Wisely is excited about the opportunity to partner with Local First Arizona,” said Elisa Klein, Water Conservation Coordinator with the city of Scottsdale. “The seventeen partners, including Scottsdale, hope to increase the dialogue between water providers and businesses. Through shared knowledge and experiences we can work together to use water wisely.”
Local First Arizona is constantly looking at how locally owned businesses can thrive in the state and what future challenges they may face. We have been working with businesses that are incorporating environmentally sustainable practices into their operations, and connecting the to resources that can help them do more. The WUIW program is a tremendous asset to help encourage businesses and individuals to good water conservation so that businesses are prepared for any potential water restrictions and can sustain themselves far into the future.
One of the benefits of living in a state with a limited resource is that many leaders in Arizona have been very progressive about water management and coming up with unique solutions to conservation. However all citizens share the responsibility of helping conserve this precious resource. Spend some time on the WUIW website, subscribe to their newsletter, follow the group on social media and be on the lookout for contests and events in Valley cities.
The LFA team looks forward to discussing water conservation with our business members and community members. If your business is interested in learning more about water conservation, email [email protected].