Water conservation for urban Arizona (and the western United States) is rooted in lifestyle choices.
In the western United States, urban landscape water use averages between 50-70% of total household use. This statistic is confusing because some households use less total water than other households.
Households that use less water are typically better stewards of the environment overall, than landscapes that use more water. High water use turf-grass has higher costs reflected by higher maintenance requirements of turf-grass compared to desert adapted landscapes. Environmental concerns for mowing and fertilizing turf-grass include air pollution (2-cycle engines for mowers and motorized blowers, trimmers etc.) as well as fertilizer pollution. Management and maintenance costs for turf-grass (time and materials) are typically higher for turf-grass dominated landscapes compared to desert adapted landscapes.
Generally, urban neighborhoods that embrace thoughtfully designed and well managed desert adapted landscapes, use less water and are better stewards of the environment than other landscape choices; benefiting water conservation while lowering maintenance costs. See WatrWise Consulting’s Performance vs Net ET°.
WatrWise Consulting encourages tracking your landscape water use by monitoring your water use and comparing to a comprehensive Landscape Water Budget. Developing a comprehensive Landscape Master Plan will guide your decisions, resulting in a return on investment while raising property values; with the added bonus of increased stewardship for the environment.