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Water Policy Office

Contact Email

water@cochise.az.gov

Location
1415 Melody Lane, Building G.
Bisbee, Arizona 85603
 
Phone (520) 432-9200
Fax (520) 432-5016

Water Policy

Other Water Information

The following are links collected to assist you in learning more about water. If you would like to suggest additional links for this section please email water@cochise.az.gov 

Fixtures and Appliances 

It is quite remarkable to note the differences in water use between and among different appliances. It is also remarkable how a relatively easy and inexpensive amount of maintenance can have a dramatic impact on water use. The County offers these links or information only and neither recommends nor endorses any particular product. 

General
Appliance Energy Use
Green Seal
Green Building Program
Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures
Water Saving Gadgets 

Clothes Washer
Clothes Washer Study 
Energy Star - Clothes Washer
Laundry Rooms Save Water (Multi-family Properties)

Evaporative Cooler
Installing and Maintaining Evaporative Coolers
Two Stage Evaporative Cooling 

Hot Water Heaters and On-Demand Systems
How Hot Water Recirculation Systems Work
On Demand Hot Water Systems
 (Metlund system)
Water Heaters and Energy Efficiency

Toilets
Plumbing Toilets
Toiletology 101
World of Composting Toilets 

Water Treatment
Home Drinking Water Treatment Systems
Home Water Treatment.com
Should I Buy a Home Water Treatment System?

Irrigation

Generally, about 50% or more of our residential water use is out of doors. Though not common, we occasionally see people or businesses irrigating sidewalks, driveways and roads or parking lots along with their landscapes. Sometimes irrigation systems are operated during high wind, or more wastefully, when it is actually raining. Watering during the hottest part of the day increases evaporation and wastes water. A relatively easy and inexpensive change to irrigation practices or devices could save an enormous amount of ground water. For a personalized analysis of your irrigation practices, please call on Water Wise at 458-8278 Ext 2141. Water Wise is a service of the Extension Service of the University of Arizona, in part funded by Cochise County.

Water Wise 
Efficient Irrigation
Efficient Use of Water in the Garden and Landscape
Evaporative Control Systems 
The Irrigation Association
Irrigation & Green Industry Network
Irrigation Training and Research Center
Landscape Irrigation Tutorials 
Texas A&M School of Irrigation
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Water Resources Research Laboratory
Wateright

Landscaping Practices and Xeriscape™ 

Over watering, even of low water use, desert tolerant plants is a common practice. We recommend you arrange a personalized analysis of your landscape practices by calling Water Wise at 458-8278 Ext 2141.

American-Lawns.com
Backyard Conservation Tip Sheets USDA
Creating a Water-Wise Landscape
Landscape Water Conservation...Xeriscape 
Planting and Maintenance Procedures
Smartgardening.com
Turfgrass Information Center
U.S. Department of Agriculture Backyard Conservation
Water Conservation Garden San Diego
Watering Your Lawn 
Watersmart.net 
Wild Ones
"Xeriscape™ - A New Kind of Landscaping" 

Artificial Turf

While natural turf certainly has its place, artificial turf is often a viable alternative, particularly where turf applications are decorative, or cover large expanses. Artificial turf eases the labor burden, the expense and time involved in weed and pest control and grooming as well as the costs of equipment associated with traditional turf. Most importantly, it not only eliminates the need for irrigation with ground water, but acts as a permeable mulch as it allows rain water to pass trough and infiltrate into the ground. the County presents these links for information only and neither endorses nor recommends any specific products.

FieldTurf | Home
Artificial & Synthetic Turf from 1st Turf
Natural Grass vs Artificial Turf Article 
Miami taking on artificial turf

 Greywater, Reuse, and Rainwater Harvesting

More than 90% of the limited amount of rain we receive in this arid sub-watershed each year simply runs off and evaporates. Gathering our normal annual rainfall (about 14 inches) on a 2000 square foot roof could, if used or put into the ground, replace the pumping of about 18,000 gallons of ground water. How many months of water use reflected on your water bill would that cover? Grey water use is now legal in Arizona as long as you keep it on your property and avoid using it to water vegetables. Grey water in Arizona is limited to laundry water and bathroom sink and tub or shower water. Kitchen sink, dishwasher and toilet water are not considered grey water. Using grey water on your landscape can save ground water.

Graywater Central
Greywater.com
Rain Barrels 
Rain Harvesting Guidelines and Schematic
Rainwater Harvesting 

Swimming Pools and Spas 

It is already in the County Codes that new swimming pools require covers to help prevent evaporation. These links below can offer hints about pool and spa maintenance and practices which can help minimize the amount of ground water they use.

Aqua Online 
California Spa and Pool Industry Education Council
More Pool Maintenance Tips
PoolSpa  
Swimming Pool Equipment 
Tile, Coping, and Beam Repair for the Pool 

Repairs and Water Savings 

With very little effort or expense you can contribute meaningfully to the reduction of ground water pumping.

Toiletology 101
Water Fountains Arizona

Conservation Tips 

A Green Home is a Healthy Home - Water Conservation
Handbook of Water Use and Conservation  
Tampa Bay Water
Water Education Water Awareness Committee 

Drought 

We've been in drought in this area for years now. Add drought to the fact that we are in a very arid part of the nation and water conservation makes imminent sense.

Water Meter 

Want to know if something is leaking in your house? If you are supplied by a water company, just turn off everything in the building that uses water. Don't forget the swamp cooler. Then look at you meter twice in 30 minutes. If it has moved - you have a leak somewhere. One of the first places to look is at the flappers on your toilets.

How to Read Your Water Meter 
Read Your Water Meter 

Conservation Organizations 

American Rivers 
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
California Urban Water Conservation Council
Coast Alliance
Cooling Technology Institute
Green Hotels Association
Popular Mechanics
Water Education Water Awareness Committee
World Water Council
World Water Watch

Water and Conservation Research Organizations 

American Water Resources Association 
American Water Works Association Research Foundation
Arizona Water Resources Research Center
California Urban Water Conservation Council
Colorado Water Resources Research Institute 
Greenbuilder.com
Hawaii Water Resources Research Center
High Country News
International Hydrological Programme
The Irrigation Association
New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute 
Pacific Institute
The Powell Consortium
Rocky Mountain Institute
Texas Waternet (Texas Water Resources Institute)
Utah Water Research Laboratory
The Water Librarians' Home Page

US Federal Water Conservation Related Organizations 

American National Standards Institute
EPA — Surf Your Watershed
Lower Colorado Region
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Geological Survey
WaterShare - Department of the Interior

State Conservation Links 

Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA)