Fact: 1/3 of typical household wastewater can be re-used as gray water for landscape plants.
Tucson Water's Single Family Residential Gray Water Rebate Program will reimburse you up to $1,000 when a permanent gray water irrigation system is installed in your home.
Gray water is wastewater collected from the drains of hand-washing sinks, showers, bathtubs and clothes washing machines. This water can be used to irrigate fruit trees, landscapes and lawns.
Only gray water irrigation systems purchased after January 1, 2013, qualify for the higher rebate amount. Tucson Water customers must also attend a free 2-hour Gray Water Rebate Seminar that covers appropriate methods to design, operate and maintain a gray water system.
Alternative Water Source Irrigation System & Backflow Prevention Requirements
Use of an irrigation system that is pressurized with any kind of pump must have a reduced pressure principle assembly (RPA) installed at the service connection to protect the public water system from potential contamination. Visit the Backflow Prevention web page or call (520) 791-2650 for more information on backflow installation requirements for the use of Alternative Water Sources; Rainwater Harvesters and gray water systems equipped with pumps.
Gray Water Rebate Seminars are held at the Pima County Cooperative Extension, 4210 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Call (520) 626-5161 for information.
Rebate funds are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.