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Tucson Set to Move Forward On New Commercial Development Rainwater Requirement...

This was originally set in motion previously by a legislator who visited Brad Lancaster's Rainwater capturing development but I thought I would forward this new March 1st article in azcapitoltimes. Although we receive less frequent rainfall in Metro Phoenix, we certainly should be applying these same methods. I'd give Brad and his accomplices a pulitzer--I just think that work is so important.

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Comment by Beverly Peterson Dulaney on March 6, 2010 at 11:10am
Pima County, City of Tucson, and now the towns of Marana and Oro Valley, all have new ordinances to require stub-outs for PV, solar hot water, and greywater on the laundry for all new construction. If they aren't implemented yet, I think they will start in June of this year. There are also rainwater harvesting requirements for all new commercial developments, at least for capturing a certain percentage of each rainfall event. I have not yet educated myself on where Maricopa County or any of the Greater Phoenix municipalities might stand on these practices? Anyone care to fill me in? Thanks!
Comment by Jeff Adams on March 3, 2010 at 10:13pm
Yes---fully agreed Don ! I have both or Brad's books and they are filled with useful techniques. I began planting my gardern well before learning of these techniques but slowly incorporate them when I can and any new home will be designed with water saving features in mind. As Brad or another water harvesting guy stated (paraphrasing): Centuries of citizens designed their living quarters & agriculture on expressly moving water to those areas and we in modern times design our cities in ways to move (flush) it away ! Makes no sense ! A no-brainer in legislation to me so long as it is reasonable & efficient to incorporate...

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