Water Conservation

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Looking to the future

kids drinking water from glassWater 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.

Check out this Ch. 3 segment on Tempe's greywater rebate program!

Free home and landscape water audits

A water conservation specialist will analyze your water usage, check your irrigation and plumbing system for leaks, and make recommendations on how you can manage your water consumption more efficiently. Book your free appointment by calling 480-350-2627. Learn more about the water audit process.


Rebate programs

Residential landscape conversion rebate

Up to 70% of your home water use could be outdoors, especially if you have a large, thirsty lawn. The purpose of the Landscape Rebate Program is to promote and help ease the financial expense of converting from lawns to water-efficient landscapes. Tempe residents will be reimbursed .25 cents per square foot of of grass that is converted to a desert landscape. 

 Residential Landscape Rebate Application

Residential high-efficiency toilet rebate

Flushing toilets uses about 11% of your home's daily water use. Upgrade your toilet (and other water-using fixtures and appliances) and save water every time you use the restroom. The Toilet Rebate Program will provide a rebate of 50% (up to $75) of the purchase price of a high-efficiency toilet , which is a toilet that flushes 1.28 gallons per flush. 

High Efficiency Toilet Rebate

 Residential high-efficiency turf irrigation rebate NEW!

Recent advancements in turf irrigation technology have improved irrigation efficiency by reducing overwatering and inefficient traditional components. The City of Tempe is now offering a rebate up to $500 to install a smart controller (web based irrigation programing), a rain sensor and high efficiency spray nozzles. Residents can learn more by calling to schedule a home landscape irrigation audit. Funds are limited to a first come first serve bases.  

High-Efficiency Turf Irrigation

Residential greywater rebate

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.

Greywater Rebate Form

Multifamily, Commercial and Industrial rebates

The City of Tempe offers three 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. For toilet efficiency upgrades, multifamily properties may receive reimbursement of 50% (up to $5,000 per property). Click on the links below for specific instructions and requirements. 

Multifamily Landscape Rebate Form

Commercial and Industrial Landscape Rebate Form

Multifamily High-Efficiency Toilet Rebate


Return rebate applications to: 

City of Tempe 
Water Conservation Program 
P.O. Box 5002 
Tempe, AZ 85280


Grant programs

We also offer grants to industrial and commercial water customers and school garden grants. To apply for a grant click on one of the links below:

Industrial Grant Application

School Gardening Grant Application 

Return grant applications to: 

City of Tempe 
Water Conservation Program 
P.O. Box 5002 
Tempe, AZ 85280 


School outreach

Tempe is dedicated to helping our youngest residents develop water consciousness. Each year, Tempe partners with Abracadabra to provide interactive and engaging presentations on water conservation and science to students in K-5 grades at elementary schools within the city. Learn more about the program and how to participate.


Workshops for Residents

xeriscape workshop people 2 oct 2014The City of Tempe offers free landscape workshops twice a year, in the spring and fall. The workshops teach residents how to beautify their yards and conserve water through xeriscaping. 

The workshops are held on consecutive Saturdays, each focusing on a different phase of the process.  

All 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.  

2017 Fall workshop schedule

Saturday, October 7th 2017 Turf Conversion - Learn how to convert from a lawn to a beautifully-designed xeriscape that meets your goals while saving water.

Saturday, October 14th 2017 Right Plant, Right Place - Learn how to select and care for plants that thrive well in our desert conditions.

Saturday, October 21st 2017 Drip Irrigation Design and Maintenance -
Drip irrigation can help keep your plants, especially large trees, healthy and thriving. Learn how to design, install, and maintain a drip irrigation system.

Saturday, October 28th 2017 Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater - 
Learn how to capture rainwater and utilize the greywater your home produces to support edibles in your landscape.

Saturday, November 4th 2017 Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Systems - 
Learn from a Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner how to install a greywater system that safely directs water from your laundry to your landscape plants.

Saturday, November 11th 2017 Organic Gardening and Composting - 
Learn how to garden using sustainable practices and tour the Tempe Green Organics Facility.


Workshops for Landscape Professionals

Landscape professionals in the Maricopa area can become SmartScape Certified through the Maricopa Cooperative Extension SmartScape Program. The program is funded by the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, of which Tempe is a member. Residents can use the SmartScape website to Find a Pro that has been through the program, which teaches best practices in irrigation efficiency. Landscape professionals can Register to Become a Pro


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.


More resources 


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Conservation publications

Pub_Landscape Plants for the AZ DesertPub_Water by the NumbersPub_Smart Home Water Guide 



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: 

Tina Sleeper - Water Conservation Coordinator 480-350-2668
(Publications Request, Water Waste, Industrial Grants, School Education, Outreach) tina_sleeper@tempe.gov

Richard Bond - Water Conservation Specialist 480-350-2627
(School Gardening Grants, Demonstration Garden, Landscape Workshops, Rebates) 

Fax: (480) 350-8336