City of Mesa Receives Water Conservation Grant Fund Award for Non-Functional Turf Removal at Approximately 50 Mesa Parks

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~ Mesa, Arizona - The Water Infrastructure Authority (WIFA) has recently announced that they have granted the city of Mesa a $1.06 million Water Conservation Grant Fund Award. This grant will be used to remove non-functional turf at approximately 50 parks and basins within the city.

The project, which is set to begin in the summer of 2024 and expected to be completed by early 2026, will involve removing a 6-foot strip of turf adjacent to infrastructure such as block walls. In its place, landscape rock and cement curbing will be installed at each location. This initiative is in line with Mesa's Climate Action Plan goals and their commitment to water stewardship and reducing water usage.

Mayor John Giles expressed his appreciation for the grant, stating that being responsible stewards of water resources is crucial for futureproofing Mesa. He also commended the Parks and Recreation staff for their efforts in securing this funding.

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According to Andrea Moore, director of the Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department, this project will result in significant water savings of over five million gallons annually. It will also reduce irrigation and mowing needs at selected parks, leading to a decrease in complaints and damages to infrastructure.

The selected parks for this project are primarily located in areas served by Colorado River water, which is the focus of WIFA's grant program. By removing non-functional turf, the city aims to reduce their reliance on existing water supplies, promote water security, and decrease energy consumption associated with water pumping and treatment.

This project aligns with Mesa City Council's strategic priorities of Sustainable Environment and Neighborhoods and Placemaking. The city's commitment to managing their water resources efficiently is evident through this initiative.

With WIFA's support, Mesa is taking significant steps towards achieving their water conservation goals while also creating more sustainable landscapes for their community.

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