Water Conservation

Conserving Water Outdoors Pays Off for Homeowners Associations
Saving water outdoors can require planning and some investment in new plants or an updated irrigation system. For HOAs, the payoff from these investments can be great. Many homeowners groups are unaware of optimum watering cycles for their landscape and give plants more water than they need. Significant water savings can be achieved by simply adjusting sprinkler timers to match plant watering needs. Savings can also be achieved by switching some or all of common landscape areas to drought tolerant and other low-water use plants. For many HOAs, landscape irrigation currently accounts for 90 percent or more of all the water used at their properties. Cutting back on irrigation cycles or moving to less water intensive plantings can thus provide an immediate reduction in water consumption and an immediate reduction in water bills.

Other Resources

Water Management: Arizona’s Active Managment Areas
(Arizona Dept of Water Resources – www.azwater.gov)

Pools and Spas: Water Saving Tips and Technologies
(Arizona Dept of Water Resources – www.azwater.gov)

Landscape Water Guide
(Water Use It Wisely – www.wateruseitwisely.com)

Water Conservation Tips for Arizona Residents
(Arizona Dept of Water Resources – www.azwater.gov)

Desert Lawn Care Guide
(Arizona Municipal Water Users Association – www.amwua.org)

How Often and How Long to Water
(Arizona Dept of Water Resources – www.azwater.gov)

Good Reasons to Take Out Your Grass
(Arizona Municipal Water Users Association – www.amwua.org)

Pruning Recommendations

Conservation Technologies for HOA Communities

Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert
(Arizona Municipal Water Users Association – www.amwua.org)

Michigan State University Turfgrass Science
Resources for lawn care, turf maintentance and more.