Monsoons are here with a bang and these rains should be a great benefit to landscape plants. But if the rainwater simply runs off of your property, you're not getting the full benefit of all that moisture! Think there isn't enough rain? A one-inch rain will collect 600 gallons from a 1,000 square foot roof, while 4,500 square foot lot will receive 2,800 gallons! Now that is WaterSmart!

Harvesting rainwater is also Watershed Smart as it prevents runoff and erosion and improves the quality of water flowing into our creeks and lakes.

Community Information:

City of Prescott Rebate Program: Receive up to $400 for removing turf to install low water use landscaping.

Time of Day Watering Restrictions: Beginning April 15, extending through November 1, outdoor watering must occur between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. daily.

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Learn more from the City of Prescott about rebates for installing rainwater harvesting equipment.

Read up on Harvesting Rainwater for Landscape Use.

And don’t forget to check out the Rainwater Harvesting gallery.

Best Time to Water

Water early for the best results.

Watering in the early morning (between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.) saves money and water, while keeping your plants and trees healthier.

Watering early when the sun is low and winds are calm:

• Helps reduce water loss from evaporation due to heat and wind.
• Improves soil absorption so water and nutrients get to plant roots, where it’s needed most.

How to use this website video

Additional Resources:

Prescott Creeks and the Creek Care Guide

Arizona Cooperative Extension: Yavapai Gardening

Harvesting Rainwater for Landscape Use

Conservation: Regional Water Awareness Handbook

WaterShed Smart Tips:

To prevent toxic chemicals from getting in our waterways and groundwater, try to reduce the amount of hazardous materials used or stored in and around your home or business.

WaterSmart Tips:

Choose the right Arizona-friendly plants and watch them thrive in our desert environment.

Water Knowledge Tips:

We all play a role in protecting our precious water resources.