Tucson Water has a popular program to help residential customers manage their water use: the Zanjero Program. Customers can request a free individualized survey of home water use with tips and information on how to lower water use and water bills.
Background: In the 1800s, water users met each year to elect a Zanjero (Zahn-HAIR-oh), or water manager, to make sure water users irrigated fields according to the community-developed schedule, thus preventing water waste. The Zanjero also made sure the water-carrying acequias (ah-seh-kee-ahs), or canals, were properly constructed and maintained so that life-giving water could flow to people's homes and farms. When water was scarce, the Zanjero had the authority to control water use for the benefit of the entire community.
Tucson Water Zanjeros have extensive training in indoor and outdoor water conservation and related water issues. A Zanjero audit includes checking for leaks, measuring flow rates of showerheads and faucets, looking for special water uses such as spas, pools, or misting systems, and analyzing the efficiency of the irrigation system. If appropriate, new low-flow fixtures, faucet aerators, or other water-saving devices are installed. The resident receives the results of the analysis, along with information to help decrease water use and water bills.
To request a Zanjero water audit or receive more information, call (520) 791-3242 or e-mail Tucson Water Customer Service.