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Neighbors plant trees and other plants in basins designed to harvest rainwater along Alvernon Way near Broadway in September 2019.

"It’s a good week to talk about rainwater and its importance as a potential resource for Tucson. Fifteen years ago, the city put in policies to encourage water harvesting — an inch of rain in Tucson means 327,000,000 gallons of water." — City Councilman Paul Cunningham Read more»

Tucson Water is hosting two free workshops on gray water and rainwater irrigation system installations Saturday, Feb. 16. Rebates are available for those who qualify and attend the workshops at the University of Arizona, Pima County Cooperative Extension. Read more» 1

A rainwater harvesting storage system.

Tucson Water announced Tuesday that it will offer residential customers rainwater-harvesting rebates up to $2,000. Read more» 1

Greg Peterson standing by one of his three rainwater harvesting systems. Peterson is a local conservation advocate and founder of Urban Farm.

The process of collecting rainwater is nothing new; people have done it for generations. But if one lawmaker has his way, harvested rainwater may eventually be recognized and regulated as an official water source. Read more»

Troy DeVos, director of real estate for Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip Corp., shows desert landscaping at a new store in Tucson. QuikTrip volunteered to have its 12 new gas stations comply with a Tucson ordinance taking effect in June that will require new commercial developments to get at least half of the water needed for landscaping from rain.

Starting in June, a city ordinance that's the first of its kind in the nation will require all new commercial developments to obtain at least half of the water for landscaping from Tucson's annual rainfall of 11 to 12 inches. Read more»