Tucson taking applications for neighborhood storm-water harvesting program

Published: Jul. 12, 2017 at 12:04 AM MST|Updated: Jul. 12, 2017 at 8:50 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Water has teamed with Tucson Clean and Beautiful for a neighborhood scale storm-water harvesting program.

Funding for this program was approved by mayor and city council in 2016. Each ward will have $45,000 to spend on projects for neighborhoods.

A group of people within a neighborhood can apply for the project, which must be in a public area, such as the roadway, parks and other open space.

This program not only allows neighborhoods to harvest storm water, but also it can add some vegetation in the area, and help keep water out of the roads.

Irene Ogata, the Urban Landscape Manager with Tucson Water, said the projects come at no cost to the residents, but they do need to do some upkeep in the future.

"For about the following three years, they're going to have to do maintenance on the project, pick up litter, trash, take out the weeds. And then also do some monitoring. How much water is going into the basin, how much rainfall. How much rain fell in that area of town," Ogata said.

Some residents in neighborhoods with storm water basins said upkeep is an issue.

They said they sometimes see trash and overgrown weeds in them.

You can find more information about the program on:

Neighborhood Scale Stormwater Harvesting Brochure by Tucson News Now on Scribd

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