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Why Chandler is Prepared for Drought

For decades, smart management decisions have helped Chandler to maintain a steady water supply. Chandler began preparing for naturally occurring droughts decades ago.  Chandler started its water conservation programs in 1990 with the goal of instilling a water conservation ethic and permanently reducing water use. 

While California has issued cutbacks on water deliveries and fines for overwatering, Arizona has been preparing for drought for decades. Water continues to flow to Chandler residents, and the City continues to grow economically. Even with the significant growth and dry periods experienced by Chandler in recent years, the City has not had to restrict your water usage due to supply shortages, and it doesn't expect to do so any time soon.

Chandler has prepared for drought by:
  • Securing a diversified water supply to reduce its reliance on one water source.
  • Implementing a progressive Water Conservation Program and Ordinances that actively promote water conservation practices, regardless of the water supply.
  • Constructing a Reclaimed Water System as an environmentally sound way of reusing our water resources while saving our potable water supplies for future uses.
  • Constructing a reliable well program that allows the City to pump groundwater during times of surface water shortages and to meet peak summer demands. 
  • Developing a Underground Storage and Recovery Program that allows the City to store surface water underground so it can be recovered using City wells when it is needed during surface water shortages.
Droughts don’t last forever. Above average snowfalls for several years can return our lakes to normal levels and provide years of renewable water supplies. Research shows that even during the longest drought, brief fluctuations of average or above average precipitation can occur.

Water conservation is working. We are using less water per person, per household than we did 20 or 30 years ago. In fact, the average household in Chandler is using 10% less water today than they did 15 years ago despite population increases of more than 29%.

Water Conservation Program Results (2016):
  • Residential Water Audit Program saved 12 million gallons (60,051 gallons saved per audit)
  • Residential Landscape Conversion Rebate Programs saved 30,847gallons per conversion
  • Non-residential Landscape Conversion Rebate Program saved 1,174,000 per conversion
  • Non-residential Smart Controller Rebate Program saved 634,000 gallons per controller installed
  • Non-residential Audit Program saved 582,777gallons per audit
Where and How Does Chandler Get Its Water?
Our city does not depend on local rainfall for its water. Instead we rely on water from far north of us that is captured in reservoirs and delivered by a system of canals.  We also use a small amount of water pumped from 27 wells in the city.
  • 94 percent surface water (Salt River Project, Central Arizona Project, Roosevelt Water Conservation District)
  •   6 percent groundwater
Does Chandler Have a Plan to Manage Drought?
Yes. Chandler formulated its drought management plan over a decade ago.  It describes Chandler’s existing drought programs and demand reduction measures that will be implemented should we experience severe drought conditions.

What are Some Common Questions About Drought? 
What can I do to conserve water?
There are many of ways to conserve water such as watering your landscape at night or very early in the morning, installing a low water use landscape, forgo the planting of a winter lawn, periodically checking for leaks both inside and outside the home, watering your lawn and plants efficiently, installing low water use plumbing fixtures, using a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk, running your dishwasher and clothes washer only when you have full loads, turning off the faucet while shaving or brushing your teeth, making sure your irrigation system is working properly, and taking advantage of the various water conservation programs that Chandler offers. Contact Chandler’s Water Conservation Office at conserve@chandleraz.gov or call 480-782-3580 for more information, or visit wateruseitwisely.com for more than 100 ways you can save water.