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November 17, 2016
Addressing the Groundwater Governance Challenge
This chapter provides an overview and thus contributes to a better understanding of the world’s groundwater resources, their distinctiveness and their governance. It describes the principal elements of and key instruments employed in groundwater governance. To this end, the authors introduce several case studies from across the globe and offer some corresponding lessons learnt. In particular, this chapter presents an analysis of the role of monitoring and assessment in groundwater governance, showcasing the example of The Netherlands. A global diagnostic of the current state of groundwater...
October 17, 2016
Connecting Israeli Water Management And Technological Innovations To Arizona
We in Arizona Arizona have become all too famlllar with projections of a future gap between water demand and supply, due In part to our growing economy and potential reduction of supplies. The Importance of Arizona's ability to ensure o reliable water supply can't be overstated. It affects the entire trajectory of our future economic development prospects and our overall quality of life. But we're not alone. Half-way around the world, Israel is confronting similar challenges head on. proving that desert economies cannot only survive, but thrive. Read the article
August 04, 2016
Southern Nevada Water Authority Water Smart Landscapes Program Plant List
Together with the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition (SNRPC), the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has developed a list of plants that can be adapted to our desert environment in the Las Vegas area. It was created by members of the SNRPC’s Regional Urban Forestry Working Group in conjunction with local experts including arborist, horticulturists, and urban foresters. Keywords: water conservation, water efficient landscape, low-water-use plants, recommended plant list
August 03, 2016
Rainwater Harvesting and Disaster Management
Japan’s city of Kobe, which depends on a pipeline from the distant Lake Biwa for most of its water, was severely affected when the earthquake destroyed the city water supply line in 1995. During the approximately one month it took to repair the pipeline, Kobe’s municipal functions were ground to a halt. To ameliorate this problem, 100 tanks each having a capacity of 200 liters, were delivered daily by the People for Rainwater ( PR ) to secure emergency water for drinking, cooking and washing to the four districts of the City. They proved to be very effective as life points. Even...
August 02, 2016
Oro Valley Landscape Water Plan Code
a. To ensure irrigation efficiency and water conservation goals are accomplished, a landscape water plan specifying a maximum amount of water to be applied on an annual basis shall be established for any irrigated landscape. b. The plan shall include: i. Calculation of the monthly and total annual water use (gallons) required for all specified plant materials at maturity stage. ii. Specific water use reduction in accordance with subsections D.3.e and f of this section. iii. Delineation of project phases, if applicable, with corresponding water use details for each phase so that...
August 01, 2016
Landscaping & Water Conservation Guide: City of El Centro
A well designed and maintained landscape can immediately enhance the attractiveness of homes, businesses, and the community at large. For that reason the City of El Centro has enacted and enforces landscape guidelines in order to maintain the beauty of our community. These guidelines have always reflected the unique climate of El Centro and the City is now encouraging the use of more water efficient landscaping. The purpose of this document is to serve as a guide to the landscape and water conservation requirements found in Section 29-142 of the City Zoning Ordinance and in state legislation...
September 12, 2016
Desert Flows Assessment
In the past decade there has been increased interest in providing water to meet the needs of riparian and aquatic ecosystems in the western United States and policymakers are using their knowledge of environmental flow needs to advocate for both political and scientific changes. However, there are significant challenges associated with including environmental flows in water management and planning. First, water rights for environmental flows are not universal, and in many cases legal tools used to incorporate the environment into water management and planning only require new users to...
November 14, 2012
Arizona Environmental Water Needs Methodology Guidebook
Arizona Environmental Water Needs (AzEWN) Methodology Guidebook: Determining the best methods or quantifying environmental flow needs depends on what is to be studied as well as how the information will be used. This guidebook will provide a description of the methodologies used in Arizona to define the environment’s need for water. Depending on the geographic context, the time and effort available, and whether the goal is restoration or maintenance of an ecosystem, some methods will be more appropriate for a given application than others. The resulting flows prescribed by each method...
October 01, 2012
AZ Know Your Water
A consumer's guide to water sources in Arizona, quality regulations, and home water treatment options, funded through the TRIF Water Sustainability Program grants program has been reprinted due to popular demand and is now available. This convenient spiral bound volume covers water use and water sources in Arizona, minerals and contaminants in water, water quality regulations and standards, and home water treatment options. Each option is fully described, including operation and maintenance tips. Copies of the booklet are available at the University of Arizona, Water Resources Research...
March 29, 2011
AzEWN Assessment and Methodology Guidebook Brochure
AzEWN Assessment and Methodology Guidebook Brochure: This document is a four-page color brochure highlighting the contents of the Arizona Environmental Water Needs Assessment Report and Methodology Guidebook. Protecting Arizona’s natural environment, water supply, and open spaces is a high priority for Arizona citizens. The Arizona Environmental Water Needs Assessment systematically assembled technical information about the environment’s water needs that can be used in water planning and policymaking statewide. AzEWNA documents and inventory data are intended to improve...
August 01, 2009
Arizona Well Owners' Guide to Water Supply
This booklet is intended for Arizona residents who depend on private wells for their water needs. Well owners who want to become familiar with Arizona's groundwater sources, water quality and water testing options, and well maintenance issues should read this booklet. Topics include: An overview of the state's water resources and how Arizona's major cities use these resources. A description of Arizona's geology and how location affects the quantity and quality of aquifer water resources in our state. Common contaminant found in Arizona's...
March 01, 2008
Well Owners' Guide to Ground Water Resources in Yavapai County
An individual in an industrialized urban society may use from one million to five million gallons of water during their lifetime. If the share of industrial, agricultural, and recreational usage is counted, the total amount of water may exceed ten million gallons per capita. Water resources are those sources of water that meet the need of the individual and society, and the value of that resource depends on demand and availability. Our arid climate, coupled with increasing demands on water supply and the over—allocation of surface water resources, forces much of Yavapai County to rely on...