Water Conservation Task Force Releases Findings


Gary Bedsworth, chairman of the Mayor's Advisory Task Force on Water Conservation, said in a report released Friday, Aug. 4, that Payson's water conservation efforts could lead to additional water-saving opportunities.

The current water conservation program is hailed statewide as a model policy -- Payson's residents use 87 gallons per day instead of the 187 siphoned away daily by Valley consumers.

But the town could save even more by improving its code.

"When properly executed, water conservation practices can save thousands of gallons of water per person per year," said Bedsworth.

The Payson Water Department's current policy, including conservation levels and water-wasting rules, is outlined in the town code.

The water conservation task force released the following findings and code amendments this week for presentation to the Payson Town Council:

  • Payson's programs and resources place the town ahead of many communities in Arizona; however, some materials are outdated and need revision.
  • Rainwater is of the highest quality. Unlike water captured in dams that require treatment, rainwater stored appropriately represents a sustainable source of water ideal for use inside and outside the home.
  • Harvesting water from a 2,000 square-foot roof delivers 1,246 gallons of water for every inch of rainfall.
  • Dish, shower, sink and laundry water comprise 50 to 80 percent of residential wastewater that could be used for other purposes, especially landscape irrigation.
  • Xeric (low-water) plants use about one-third the water of the high-water plants half the water of the medium-water plants.
  • Many xeric plants can survive without any water other than normal precipitation.
  • Hot water recirculation systems can save more than 16,000 gallons of water per year for the average household.

The town should:

  • Develop recommendations, standards and provide incentives for rainwater harvesting; gray water usage; hot water recirculation; and xeriscaped landscaping.
  • Revise the building codes to require these practices.
  • Provide information and incentives to retrofit existing houses and business for water conservation.
  • Establish a common xeric plant list with the High Country Xeriscape Council.
  • Provide the xeriscape information to the Chamber of Commerce and local plant retailers for dissemination to the public.
  • Improve the areas surrounding the town to reflect colorful xeric plantings.
  • Develop and publish local rainwater statistics for use in water harvesting system design.

-- To reach Felicia Megdal call 474-5251 ext. 116 or e-mail fmegdal@payson.com.

List of mayoral task forces

Editor's note: This is the list of Mayoral Task Forces and members as of mid-July.

Affordable Housing

Rick Croy

Su Connell

Larry Cornell

Michael Hughes

Donovan Thornhill

Jerry Holland

Sue Yale

Bob Charameda

Cherri Wait

Julie Ruttle

Jerry Owen

Bethany Beck


Dick Mumma

Jim Garner

Ward Johnson

Rance Nethken

Dennis Satterfield

Steve Vaught

John Varljen

Gordon Holm

Bob Oswald

Maggie McCurrey

Beth Meyer

Jacquelyn Stone

Dick Garmon

Admin. Policies, Procedures

Penny Dorgan

Lucy Briggs

Area Summit

Ronnie MacDonald


Linda Parsons

Roger Smoot

Ed Jones

Vern Greenwell

Barbara Sapp

Mike Voden

Sheila DeSchaaf

Citizen Generated Goal Plan

Lew Levenson

Jay Hopkins

Kathy Baas

Gene Samson

Economic Development

Roy Bergold

Ken Volz

Kevin Dick

Jeff Lloyd

Chris Wolf

Ray Pugel

Mike Amon

Tamra and Steve

Ace Hardware

Cari and Greg Day

Pat Willis

Darrel Caddy

Bill Coffman

Marcus McFarlane

Sheldon Roth

Steve or Monica Williams

Jerry Owen

Festival Subcommittee

Kate Launder

Al Lehman

Ron Gilbert

Janis Shores

Jim and Nancy Bradley

Sue Dolan

Cynthia Diaz

Fay Lumley

Design Review Committee

Jeanie Langham


Al Poskanser (Linda)

John Watt

Dick Reese


Joanie King

Robert Henley

Jim Hipple

Ken Kollock

Tim and Nancy Nelson

Dick Krugh

Jack Masheeco

Dr. Wayne Gregory

Guy Pfister

Richard Lindfors

Ed Fenner

Fire Safety

Monte McCord

Paul Gonnerman

Russ & Mary Goddard

George Yost

Tommie Martin

Payson Truck Route

Chris Tilley

Ed Blair

Jim Whitely

Dan Adams

Sue Covert

Bill and Carol Michaelis

Sue Mack

Robert Norman

Thelma Fruitman

Dorothy Ehrig

Barbara Warwick

Paula Strause

Bill Powers

Elmer Kreutzer

Sahah Luckie

Bill Heath

Public Safety Transition

Jim Hinton

Mike Vogel

Kurt Longfellow

Ross Skinner

Kim Pound

Don Parker

Jamie Escobedo

Tom Buckner

Al Sindel

Bill Newman

Dolores LeGault

Fire Subcommittee

Robert Yost

Elwood Harris

Victor Kostecki

Ken Sigsbee

Don Garvin

Mike Varga

Robert Steel

Parks and Recreation

Andy Romance


Fran Hoffman

Ed Fenner

Diane Sexton

Jack Masheeco

Bill Michaelis

Jack Jasper

Bob Gailey

Jim Croft

Lois Hurd

Joe Mayer

Larry Benzel

Mike Acheson

LaRon Garrett


Gary Bedsworth


Lynn Godfrey

Bob Edwards

Joel Mona

Dan Adams

Willard Cox

Chris Benjamin

Don Meloche

Don Schendel

Bill Hartsell

Ed Welge

Dick Reese

John Breninger

Jerry Eller

Stewart Allen

Chuck Heron

Karen Probert

Water Conservation

Gary Bedsworth

Judy Shafferkoetter

Joan Cornwell

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