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Phoenix looking for water conservation volunteers

Phoenix is looking for volunteers to spread the word about conservation through its Water Wrangler program.

Adults who enroll in the 12-hour virtual training program will learn about Phoenix’s water supply, operations, conservation and outreach. Graduates will appear at community meetings and educational workshops to share information and support conservation efforts. 

"Because the current drought is so severe, we all must think differently and act differently,” Mayor Kate Gallego said in a prepared statement. “Now, more than ever, we need good stewards who can share information about how to wisely use this precious resource. By becoming a Water Wrangler, you'll serve your community by teaching neighbors how to be part of the solution." 

The volunteer program was among several ad hoc committee recommendations the City Council approved in 2019. Phoenix is also working on a program to offer xeriscape landscape plans to residents at no charge, along with a pilot program to identify ways homeowners associations can save water. 

Last week, the city declared a Stage 1 Water Alertand asked customers to voluntarily reduce their water use. The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association provides details on landscapewatering, one of the biggest areas of use in Phoenix.

Here's information on the city's requirements for Water Wrangler program volunteers:

  • At least 18 years old 
  • Has high school diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Successful completion of pre-service training 
  • Enjoys public speaking, community development and working with diverse groups 
  • Creative, responsible, organized, flexible and self-motivated 
  • Has a passion for learning and promoting water conservation and sustainability in our desert city

Online training will be held on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 30, July 14 and July 28. You can apply at phoenix.gov/waterservices/waterwrangler.

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.