Other Technologies

 

Other Technologies

Saving Water the Low-tech Way

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When it comes to saving water, high-tech equipment is not always needed.

Beat the heat

Instead of residential misters and other outdoor water-cooling fans, cool outdoor patios with shade covers. Planting Arizona-native shade trees to the west or southwest of your patio can help you achieve additional cooling.

Drain-smart

You'll save water by channeling water from gutters into planting beds. Rainwater is free and filled with plant-loving nutrients. (Keep water at least ten feet from building slabs and foundations, and avoid creating areas with standing water. West Nile virus is a serious concern in the Valley.)

Looking to New Technologies

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When it's time to remodel, replacing old appliances and other water-using technologies with high-efficiency alternatives reduces water use in your home and landscape. WaterSense- and ENERGY STAR-labels make it easy for you to choose new technologies (see Related Links).

You can also retrofit existing technologies to reduce your water consumption:

  • Weather- or sensor-based controllers, pressure-reducers, high-efficiency heads and drip lines are available to upgrade sprinkler systems; and
  • Re-circulating pumps make older evaporative coolers with continuous water flow more efficient.

 

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