Phoenix Water, ASU Use New Grant To Conserve Lawn Water

Published: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 10:28am
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 9:39am
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The city of Phoenix Water Services Department has received a grant for a new water conservation program. 

The $100,000 will be used to pilot a technology to reduce lawn water usage by 40% to 45%.

The funds from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will create a partnership between Phoenix Water and Arizona State University. 

They’ll inject what they call “hydrogels” below the turf on 12 acres of soccer fields near ASU West.

Hydrogels can absorb up to 400% of their weight in water and release up to 96% of the water to the turf.

The soccer fields consume about 11 million gallons of water per year. If the hydrogels work, 4.4 million gallons of water will be saved.

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