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Scottsdale City Council accepts water conservation grant with eyes for xeriscape landscapes

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Since the first stage of Scottsdale’s Drought Management Plan, customer participation is noted to have increased by over 200% to 300% depending on selected activities in the conservation program. (Photo: Arianna Grainey/DigitalFreePress)
$250K water conservation grant sprouts at Scottsdale City Hall
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Now that the Scottsdale City Council consented to accept a $250,000 water conservation grant fund agreement, more xeriscape landscapes are on the horizon.

A two-fold resolution was authorized during the Jan. 23 meeting, in which the Water Infrastructure and Finance Authority Water Conservation Grant Fund Agreement of $250,000 will be awarded towards Scottsdale’s residential grass removal rebate program.

Furthermore, a fiscal year 2023-24 Water and Water Reclamation Funds Operating Contingency appropriation transfer of up to $250,000 for a newly created center to record the grant activity is underway.

Scottsdale Water Executive Director Brian K. Biesemeyer was among signatories on the initial Jan. 8 WIFA resolution request.

“Scottsdale has a number of incentive rebates both for commercial and residential water customers. In the last several years, new rebates have been created and existing programs updated based on customer need and feedback,” stated Scottsdale Water Policy Manager Gretchen Baumgardner in the Jan. 23 staff report.

Since the first stage of Scottsdale’s Drought Management Plan, customer participation is noted to have increased by over 200% to 300% depending on selected activities in the conservation program.

“The demand has outstripped the available funding which has exhausted conservation funds. To continue at this level and enhance the program, the city is looking for opportunities to keep up with the demand,” according to the report.

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