Water Conservation


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 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 online at www.tempe.gov/wateraudit. Audits are done on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Rebate programs

Tempe offers the following rebate programs for landscape and toilet upgrades: 

Landscape rebate    Low-flow toilet rebate   Multifamily low-flow toilet rebate  

Note: Residents in multifamily homes are required to buy toilets from the EPA Water Sense List.

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 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. 

Multifamily landscape rebate form

Commercial and Industrial landscape rebate form

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 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. 


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 series of three workshops teaches residents how to plan, design, implement and maintain a beautifully xeriscaped yard. The workshops are held on four consecutive Saturdays, each focusing on a different phase of the process. In 2014, a new class on harvesting your rainwater will be available.  

2016 fall workshop schedule

Saturday, Oct. 1 - Designing and converting your landscape
Saturday, Oct. 8 – Selecting and maintaining xeriscapes 
Saturday, Oct. 15 - Drip irrigation design, installation and maintenance 
Saturday, Oct. 22 – Rain harvesting and greywater options
Saturday, Oct. 29 – Learn how to install a laundry-to-landscape watering system   
Saturday, Nov. 5 – Organic gardening and composting 

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.  


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 have a Conservation Booth twice a year and 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 

Togetherweconserve1     water use it wisely logo          


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: 

Pete Smith - Water Conservation Coordinator 480-350-2668
(Publications Request, Water Wasting, Industrial Grants, Outreach)

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

Fax: (480) 350-8336