Water is a precious resource in the desert, one that has to be managed today to ensure there is plenty available for future generations. That’s why Tempe has made water conservation a top priority, setting an ambitious goal to save the city more than 600 million gallons of water a year by 2020.
Tempe offers several programs that make it easy for residents to conserve water while saving money on their monthly bills or through rebate programs. By taking advantage of these programs, you will help sustain Tempe’s water supply now and for years to come.
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Check out this Ch. 3 segment on Tempe's greywater rebate program!
Free home water audits
A water conservation specialist will analyze your water use, check your pipes and make recommendations on how you can manage your water consumption more efficiently. Book your free appointment by calling 480-350-2627.
Tempe offers the following rebate programs for landscape and toilet upgrades:
Note: Residents in multifamily homes are required to buy toilets from the EPA Water Sense List.
The greywater harvesting rebate encourages the repurposing of water from washing machines to a more beneficial use, such as in the backyard. Certain state guidelines for greywater have to be met and the city reserves the right to inspect new systems prior to issuing a rebate. Click here to learn more about the greywater collection process.
Multifamily, Commercial and Industrial rebates
The City of Tempe offers two rebates for multifamily, commercial and industrial properties. The city will offer up to $3000.00 to remove grass and install desert landscaping. The city will also offer up to $500.00 to remove strips of grass between the curb and the sidewalk. These strips are hard to water and usually water more of the street than the turf. Click on the links below for specific instructions and requirements.
Return rebate applications to:
City of Tempe
Return grant applications to:
City of Tempe
Tempe has contracted with a local company to provide water conservation educational assemblies in all 25 of our public schools. They provide a half hour interactive shows on water conservation to grades K-6 and provide an activity book for every student. The school show and activity book are changed every year.
The workshops are held on consecutive Saturdays, each focusing on a different phase of the process.
2017 spring workshop schedule
Saturday, April 15 - Designing and converting your landscape
Saturday, April 22 – Selecting and maintaining xeriscapes
Saturday, April 29 – Rain harvesting and greywater options
Saturday, May 6 – Learn how to install a laundry-to-landscape watering system
Saturday, May 13 - Drip irrigation design, installation and maintenance
Saturday, May 20 – Organic gardening and compostingAll workshops are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SRP Water Education Facility at the Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation, 1400 N. College Ave (map). Participants receive a free xeriscape workbook and brochures about conversion and design, drip irrigation and maintenance. To register for any of the workshops, call Richard Bond at 480-350-2627.
The City of Tempe Water Conservation Program has a booth twice a year at the Mill Avenue Festival of the Arts. The Festival allows us the opportunity to talk to many local residents about water conservation and our local programs. For more information on their web site http://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com.
The publications are available through the City of Tempe Water Conservation Program. Please feel free to contact one of our staff members for more conservation information:
Water Conservation Coordinator 480-350-2668
Richard Bond - Water Conservation Specialist 480-350-2627
Fax: (480) 350-8336