Finding water in the desert might seem like a challenge, but it’s all around us! Search it out in the Water Scavenger Hunt and be entered to win one of three $50 Visa Gift Cards or a set of limited edition water-themed vinyl stickers by local artist Annotated Audrey!
To play, grab your smartphone, fill up your water bottle (pro tip -- Tucson Tap Water is one of the categories so snap a quick pic for your first entry!) and head out to explore. When you find the items in the hunt (Tucson Tap Water, Pete the Beak, Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration Sites, Kino Environmental Restoration Project, Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, Splash Pads, Sweetwater Wetlands, and surprise bonus rounds) take a picture and post it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #520H2O. If you don’t use social media, you can email your images to PICO@tucsonaz.gov, and use the hashtag #520H2O as the subject line.
Scavenger Hunt Items
See one of items or places listed below? Snap a picture and tag it #520H2O. Like Tucson Water on Facebook (facebook.com/tucsonwater) and follow us on Twitter (@TucsonWater) and Instagram (@tucsonwateraz) for bonus items! And keep an eye out—we just might share your finds on our accounts!
Tucson Tap Water
Before you go, fill up with tap water to stay hydrated! Tucson Water, the region’s largest provider, delivers tap water to 731,000 customers!
Harvesting rainwater and using it on plants conserves tap water and irrigates landscapes. Take a photo of a rainwater barrel or harvesting techniques found at a demonstration site. See a list of Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration Sites below.
Walk, run, or ride on The Loop between 29th Street and Grant Road to check out recycled water in the Santa Cruz River and how it’s attracting native plants, wildlife, and people.
Splash pads at Catalina Park, Balboa Heights Park, and Palo Verde Park offer refreshing play spaces and use less water than a swimming pool: tucsonaz.gov/parks/pools-and-splash-pads.
Kino Environmental Restoration Project (KERP)
Pima County's KERP captures stormwater to sustain wildlife and irrigate Kino Sports Park turf, road medians, and County-owned landscaping. KERP is located on the Loop and access is restricted to a 2.2-mile paved trail surrounding the project: pima.gov/kerp.
Pete the Beak
Since 1977, conservation spokesduck Pete the Beak has been fearlessly promoting water efficiency. Your challenge: Find Pete’s photo among the 6,000 plus tiles in the Fourth Avenue Underpass public art project. Hint: Start your hunt for Pete’s tile on the southwest side.
Tucson Water’s Sweetwater Wetlands is a lush urban wildlife habitat with ponds and basins that store recycled water. Located between Interstate 10 and the Santa Cruz River near Prince Road, the Wetlands offers displays, trails, and self-guided tours: tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater-wetlands.
|Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration Sites|
|Blue Moon Community Garden
1501 N. Oracle Road
940 W. Alameda Street
|Community Food Bank Community Garden
3003 S. Country Club Road
7575 E. Speedway Boulevard
|Christopher Franklin Carroll Centennial Park
NW corner of Main and Paseo Redondo
1510 E. Grant Road
|The Nature Conservancy
1510 E. Fort Lowell Road
4300 S. Park Avenue
|Repp + McLain Design & Construction
2502 N. 1st Avenue
3202 E. 1st Street
|Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N. Alvernon Way
|Watershed Management Group
1137 N. Dodge Road
One image per person per scavenger hunt item, category, location, or subject. Submissions accepted September 1 through October 31, 2019. Winners will be selected randomly and contacted through the platform they used. No purchase necessary. You do not need to be a Tucson Water customer to participate.
Submitting a photo grants Tucson Water permission to share, repost, or retweet the photo.
For questions about the Water Scavenger Hunt, email Tucson Water's Public Information and Conservation Office (PICO).