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Water Conservation
Water Conservation
Robin Harrington
Utilities Program Manager

211 West Aspen Ave

Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Ph: (928) 213-4837
Fax: (928) 213-2409

Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The City of Flagstaff has had a water conservation program since 1988 and has developed programs and published literature for customers to use in their efforts to use our water resources wisely and efficiently. The following sections contain information relating to the various subjects currently of interest to our customers.

Status of Rebates 
Funds for rebates for High Efficiency Toilets, Turf Removal and new Rainwater Harvesting tanks totaling 1,000 gallons or greater for City of Flagstaff water customers have been depleted but we will still accept and save your application and receipt and process it starting July 1, 2016.   If you have questions about our water conservation rebates, please contact Robin Harrington at (928) 213-4837 or at  with your questions.  You can find more detailed information on the forms for rebates for water conservation and on High Efficiency Toilet flushing performance ratings.  Note:  If you are using Word 2013, you will notice the applications look rather choppy.  In this scenario, if you click on the "Edit document" mode, the document will have its intended appearance.

You can find information on toilet and showerhead ratings in the March 2015 edition of the Consumer Reports website.  If you don't have a Consumer Reports membership, you can view the document at the Flagstaff Public Library reference counter.

April is Water Awareness Month
We are celebrating Arizona's Water Awareness Month by reaching out to customers with information on how they can save water.  On April 6 we had a presentation on how you can do your own home water audit.  You can view a pdf of this presentation now.  We have brochures on water saving tips at our office located on the second floor of City Hall at 211 W. Aspen Avenue.  Learn more about how to save water and money by going to the Arizona Water Awareness Month website.  Check out the EPA WaterSense video on saving water in the shower with WaterSense labeled showerheads.

If you suspect you have a water leak, you can learn how to perform your own home water audit to solve the mystery of where your water is going by
 checking out AMWUA's smart home water guide to leaks. You can also do a preliminary review of the water use of your home or business with the list provided on the WaterSense website.  The Water Use it Wisely website also has a home water audit list to see how well you score on your water consumption practices.   

View Your Water Use 
You can access your account to see your water consumption each month.  Select the link and see the difference from month to month to help you find out where your water is going! 

Flagstaff Watering Schedule: We are currently in Water Availability Strategy I

You can view the City of Flagstaff's water conservation code 7-03-001-0014 in its entirety online.

Watering Days

We have a watering schedule all year long.  If the last number of your home or business address is:

  • Odd (1,3,5,7 or 9) you can run the sprinklers and drip systems on Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday.
  • Even (0,2,4,6 or 8) Wednesday, Friday and/or Sunday.

Times you can water:

Before 9 am and after 5 pm on your watering day.

Avoid running the sprinklers on windy days. This will reduce wasting water.
Adjust your sprinkler system to reduce spraying and runoff onto sidewalks and streets. This will lower your water bill and reduce wasted water.
Check your sprinkler system periodically to make sure sprinkler heads and spray emitters are still working properly or are even there! Many sites are found with damaged or missing sprinkler heads and drip spray emitters. Irrigation systems will not work properly if even one of these is missing or damaged.
Landscape watering is strictly prohibited between 9 am and 5 pm. Violations start at $25 and double each time. No use of sprinkler or drip systems is permitted on Monday from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm.

Hand watering is allowed every day, even on Monday, before 9 am and after 5 pm!
View our Water Conservation Strategy Levels

Reclaimed Water
The City of Flagstaff is taking a number of significant strides in an effort to enhance water use efficiency. Reclaimed Water is delivered to many areas of the City to provide for irrigation as well as other uses for a total of 38 customers at 72 sites.  Staff analyze reclaimed water consumption at least quarterly to provide information to these customers on consumption quantities to assist in detecting unscheduled consumption due to leaks or malfunctioning equipment.

Water Conservation Misc. Facts / Presentations

    Xeriscape Plants that do well in the Flagstaff area can be found at local nurseries.  Check out this list when you consider what plants you would like to add to your yard but want to conserve water.  Remember to decrease supplemental water once the plants have been established and at least 3 years after they have been planted.  Many customers find that they rarely need to water established plants, including trees and shrubs.

    You can go to the National Geographic water footprint calculator website and learn more with the online calculator.  Use this interactive tool to take a water tour through your home, garden, energy use, etc. 

  • Newer HE washers may only use 18 to 35 gallons per load.  Compare this to an older model and you can quickly see a savings in both money, water and energy costs.   
  • Toilets manufactured before 1994 use 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush.  New WaterSense models use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush.  Look for toilets that score 500 or more on the MaP (Maximum Performance) toilet testing.  You can view this document.
  • On an annual basis, Flagstaff citizens use about 108 gallons per person per day (this is all water consumed in Flagstaff for commercial, industrial and residential needs divided by the population of Flagstaff). This is good, but it still adds up to a lot of water. Flagstaff citizens and visitors consume nearly three billion gallons of drinking water each year.    
  • To see a presentation on the impacts of using bottled water, view Bottled Water Disaster.