The City of Tucson was awarded $1.5M from the state for a turf removal program that will be launched in 2024. The program aims for an efficient way of promoting water conservation for parks and private property owners.
Tucson Water Officials say that they will replace 55,000 square feet of city turf with desert plants and trees. The areas targeted are Ormsby, Mirasol, and James Thomas Parks. The program also plans to replace 200,000 square feet of turf with landscaping to assist commercial and multifamily property owners.
The plan is part of the City’s Drought Preparedness and Response Plan and the Plant Tucson and the One Water 2100 Plan. Tucson’s Water's Conservation Program and the Parks Recreation Department will administer the program.
The program's initial duration is two years and will be launched in 2024. When it is completed it’s expected to save 29 acre feet of water.
Reduced water demand decreases both potable and reclaimed water production resulting in more water remaining in local aquifers.
Carly Siegel is a University of Arizona journalism student working in the AZPM newsroom.