Bureau of Reclamation Presents Water Conservation Award to City of Flagstaff

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For Release: February 15, 2006

The Bureau of Reclamation has presented the 2005 Lower Colorado Region Water Conservation Field Services Program Award to the City of Flagstaff.

Robert Michaels of the Phoenix Area Office presented the award to Flagstaff Mayor Joseph C. Donaldson and to Adam Miller, head of the Water Conservation Office, during a brief ceremony in City Hall's council chamber on Feb. 13.

"Your city's proactive approach to water conservation and willingness to try new and innovative programs is making your city a leader in water conservation in Arizona," Michaels said. "Your and your council's support of water conservation programs is greatly appreciated."

Flagstaff's water conservation program has been active since 2003 and includes water reuse, rebates for xeriscape conversions and other low water use products, an inverted rate structure, and a strict water conservation ordinance. This past year, Flagstaff volunteered as one of the pilot areas for the new Arizona Rinse Smart program. Older model pre-rinse spray heads will be replaced at local food service establishments by new units, each of which will save up to 50,000 gallons of water per year.

Reclamation also recognized Ron Doba, Utilities Director, for his vision and foresight in creating Flagstaff's water conservation program as well as being instrumental in the creation of the reclaimed water program.

The Water Conservation Field Services Program Award recognizes federal water users and partners for their innovative and effective water conservation programs.

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