Ease Into 2022

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Take Care and Ease into 2022

November 29, 2021

Pausing to take care is a key lesson for December and the last 20 months. Taking care of yourself, home, family, neighbors, and the environment will help to create a brighter, more sustainable, and livable community – for all. Relax and read the tips, enjoy Tucson Water’s first Spotify playlist featuring 22 diverse – and eclectic – artists and tunes with a water focus!*


Enjoy Nature and Water

Enjoy the outdoors while learning how Tucson Water uses recycled water to nurture habitat for plants, wildlife, and people. Visit the Southeast Houghton Area Recharge Project (SHARP) where you can walk your dog, ride your bike, or relax under a ramada; bird watch at Sweetwater Wetlands; and explore a downtown riparian area along The Loop at the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project.


cactus with cup

Landscape Tips

Dial back outside watering: less manual watering or reset an irrigation timer/controller. Conduct irrigation maintenance and repair. Prune dormant deciduous trees and bushes. Cap cold-sensitive cacti with a paper grocery bag or Styrofoam cup. Check out our Winter Watering SchedulePhoto credit: Arizona Daily Star


warp pipes


Wrap exposed pipes, faucets, bibbs, and backflow prevention assembly. Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses. Shut down, maintain, and cover your evaporative cooler.


toilet check

Inside Your Home

Check for the #1 source of leaks at home--the toilet flapper valve. Put 2-3 drops of food coloring in the tank behind the bowl, wait 15 minutes, and if you see color in the bowl, you've got a leak that's easy to fix! Learn more at youtube.com/tucsonwater


calculating money savings


Water and Sewer Smart

Monitor your water use between December, January, and February and you may save money. Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation uses your average water usage during these billing cycles to calculate your monthly sewer charge for the coming year. More info at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/sewer-rates-averaging


pretty tree

Give Sustainable Gifts

Go to tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/product/tree-bank-donation/ to purchase a tree to plant in honor of a friend or family member. Check out low flow shower heads and bathroom faucet aerators at eeexchange.org/twconserve. Go to epa.gov/watersense/watersense-products and epa.gov/greenerproducts to find gifts that can save water and help protect the environment.


*When the water playlist was a faint idea, the Tucson Water outreach team turned to retired public information specialist Michael C. for inspiration. Michael is an audiophile who loves to find music and share it. From Linda Ronstadt to Louis Armstrong to Calexico and Rubén Blades, the playlist kicks off with a mixture of tunes across genres and artists. Watch for new tunes added to this list during the year. Have watery tunes to add? Please email pico@tucsonaz.gov with your suggestion and a link. 

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This article appeared in the December 2021 edition of Water Matters. 

Share your comments or suggestions with pico@tucsonaz.gov.

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