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Water Awareness Month: Tax Credits and Quality Testing

17 April 2011  
Two Water Awareness Month tips in one day!

rainwatercisternWell, we're a little behind, so here are two Water Awareness Month tips in one day!

Tax Day has come and gone (not really, since this year it's April 18, not 15) but you can still stock up on some very cool tax credits.

Tax Credits Make Tax Day a Little Less Painful

Get a tax credit and save money, too! The state of Arizona gives tax credits to individuals for the collection of rainwater and residential gray water systems. Build a simple water harvesting system.

  • Collect water from your roof by installing gutters and downspouts. Direct the flow to planting areas.
  • Observe where water falls, flows and accumulates in your yard. Start at the highpoint of your watershed and direct the water to planting areas.
  • Become a certified water harvester!
  • Collect the water that is running while you wait for hot water and use it to water plants.
  • Start simple--- and give yourself time to plan and install more complex rainwater and gray water systems.

State of Arizona Tax Credits

Quality Overachievers

Did you know that 100 tests per day are performed on the drinking water you receive at your home? Find out which water quality tests are conducted to ensure your drinking water meets or exceeds state and federal standards.

  • You want to make sure that the water you're drinking is safe and healthy. Not only that, you want to make sure you don't add any contaminants.
  • Dispose of medicines and household chemicals properly, so they don’t end up in the drinking water supply.
  • Dispose of trash and pet waste properly, so they aren’t washed into storm drains where they may pollute washes and streams, and groundwater.
  • Use herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers sparingly. Use organic and more environmentally friendly products when possible.
  • Contact your water provider to find out how frequently your drinking water is tested or request a copy of the annual water quality report (also known as a consumer confidence report).

Here's a Consumer's Guide to Drinking Water from the EPA.