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Lake Havasu City Water Conservation Certificate of Recognition Program

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their water conservation efforts? Contact Briana Morgan at 928-855-2618 to nominate them for the next Certificate of Recognition in Lake Havasu City!



Mayor Mark S. Nexsen Recognizes Local Residents for Water Conservation Efforts

Mayor Mark S. Nexsen Recognizes Local Residents for Water Conservation Efforts Mayor Mark S. Nexsen, along with Briana Morgan, Lake Havasu City's Water Conservation Specialist, presented Steve and Debbie Torina with a Certificate of Recognition for their water conservation efforts in retrofitting their RO system to divert RO waste to their landscape. The couple is the fifth recipient to earn the award, and the first non-business related recipients to receive the award as residents.

Mr. and Mrs. Torina moved to Lake Havasu City five years ago from a water-conscious community in Washington State. In the community where they are from, Steve had mentioned that water conservation was not just encouraged; it was a normal part of living there. In their Washington community, homes were built to save as much water as possible, and conserving was something every citizen did without even thinking about it. When Steve and Debbie moved here, they were shocked that there were no regulations on how their home should be built in order to conserve water, and even though it wasn't required of them, they decided to install the plumbing to encourage water conservation. Namely, they installed a hot water recirculation system in their home to prevent water waste in the winter. However, after living here for five years, they discovered there was a bigger water issue they didn't think about because they didn't have it in Washington; reverse osmosis systems.

The typical RO system wastes three to five gallons of water in order to produce just one gallon of drinking water, and all of that RO waste is typically sent down the drain. Upon learning this, Steve and Debbie decided to re-route this RO "waste" and put it to some good use. Steve installed some retrofit plumbing to divert the RO waste to a large cistern-like tub in their garage. From there, he put a water pump in the tub, which pumps the water out through a hose that connects to their irrigation valves, and then diverts the water to their landscape. After installing this system around May of last year, the Torinas realized they could water their entire landscape fully off of RO waste alone, and no longer use potable water to water their plants. "I don't understand why this isn't something that is encouraged or offered for every new building built or remodeled in Lake Havasu City that plans to have an RO system. It is a relatively inexpensive piece of additional plumbing that can save you both water and money," Steve said. This has resulted in a 39% reduction in their total home water use, and a 17% reduction in their total water bill on average for the past year.

If you would like to nominate a business, a group or an individual for conservation efforts, contact Lake Havasu City's Water Conservation Specialist, Briana Morgan, at 928-855-2618.



February 2018: Mayor Mark S. Nexsen Recognizes Mohave State Bank for Water Conservation Efforts

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Mayor Mark S. Nexsen, along with Briana Morgan, Lake Havasu City's Water Conservation Specialist, presented the North Branch of Mohave State Bank with a Certificate of Recognition for their water conservation efforts in replacing their old irrigation system, installing a new xeriscape, and implementing green infrastructure in 2017. Mohave State Bank is the fourth recipient to earn the award, and the first recipient to receive the award this year.

Lisa Van Ella, Mohave State Bank's Branch Manager, accepted the award on behalf of the Bank, and was chosen specifically to represent the Bank in this moment as she was the primary mastermind behind the project itself. Through her collaborative efforts, she not only came up with the idea to revamp the Bank's landscape, but she also formed a diverse committee to assess the many aspects that come with changing an entire landscape.

The committee created to ensure the project's success included ASU Lake Havasu's ECO Club for coordinating the recycling of the old landscaped plants to be used in the BLM's Fisheries Habitat Program, Briana Morgan, Water Conservation Specialist, for plant selection, determination of water use, stormwater runoff, and determination of bio-swale and curb-cut placements, Dr. David Young, ASU Lake Havasu's previous Director and Botanist, for plant selection, Mychal Gorden of Mychal Gorden Landscape Design Inc. for plant selection and landscape architecture, and Andy Roose of Elite Yard & Landscape Services for the xeriscape and bio-swale implementation.

Upon forming the committee, Lisa had expressed the "pain points" of the current landscape at Mohave State Bank; the existing landscape included trees that blocked the business signage, plants with large amounts of debris, water stagnation in concrete areas, and of course, high water consumption in a failing irrigation system. The project assessed these areas of concern and installed a water-efficient xeriscape suitable to the business signage, removed areas of concrete and installed curb cuts to allow for water infiltration to planter areas, and implemented bioretention swales to help to divert portions of the 56,000 gallons of runoff that occurs on the property annually with average rainfall.

If you would like to nominate a business, a group or an individual for conservation efforts, contact Lake Havasu City's Water Conservation Specialist, Briana Morgan, at 928-855-2618



October 2017: The Shops at Lake Havasu Earns Water Conservation Recognition


Briana Morgan, Lake Havasu City's water conservation specialist, recognizes the efforts made by The Shoppes at Lake Havasu to reduce water consumption. Michelle Misurelli, The Shoppes' property manager, receives the award from the city with Mayor Mark Nexsen in the background.

The Shops at Lake Havasu was recognized in October of 2017 by Mayor Mark Nexsen, Water Resource Coordinator Doyle Wilson and Water Conservation Specialist Briana Morgan for efforts taken to reduce the property's irrigation usage. The original landscape installed when the business opened was technically desert-friendly and adapted from a Las Vegas landscaping company, however, they soon realized the temperature and elevation differences between Las Vegas and Lake Havasu City can make some "desert-friendly" plants unsuitable here. The Shops gradually began weeding out the plants that were not doing so well for plants better suited to Lake Havasu City resulting in a 42% reduction in water use.

Please read full story: Shops at Lake Havasu awarded for water conservation



July 2017: Mudshark Earns Water Conservation Recognition


From left, Water Resource Coordinator Doyle Wilson, Mayor Mark Nexsen, Mudshark Brewery owners Tina Stocking and Scott Stocking; and Water Conservation Specialist Briana Morgan.

Havasu's Mudshark Brewery was recognized on July 17 by Mayor Mark Nexsen, Water Resource Coordinator Doyle Wilson and Water Conservation Specialist Briana Morgan for recent efforts to reduce both its consumption of water and the business's energy dependency.

"Many businesses and individuals take great strides to conserve water in Lake Havasu City, and we should be recognizing them for their efforts," Nexsen said.

Please read full story: Mudshark Earns Water Conservation Recognition



February 2017: Beachcomber Resort Awarded


From left to right: Lake Havasu City Water Conservation Specialist Briana Morgan, Beachcomber Resort Manager Jim Hill, Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen, Lake Havasu City Water Resources Manager Doyle Wilson.

Beachcomber Resort took the spot as Lake Havasu City's first certificate of recognition recipient by reducing their average monthly water consumption by 60%! The resort removed all of the oleander bushes that once lined the property. By doing so, the water consumption dropped from about 200,000 cubic feet per month (roughly 1,496,000 gallons) to about 80,000 cubic feet per month (598,400 gallons).

For the full story, please visit Lake Havasu City Recognizes Beachcomber Resort

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