A recent independent study of water use there concluded that its residents use about 65% less water per home than other master-planned communities in the area.
“Residents can save potable water, our most valuable resource in this region, by using reclaimed and harvested water for landscaping,” says Lee Rayburn, managing partner for Civano’s developer, CDC Partners, which commissioned the study. “The results show an overall 50% reduction of water use and 65% reduction of potable water use per home.”
Al Nichols Engineering Inc., the firm that studied Civano’s water use, says the water savings were achieved through several conservation practices, including rainwater harvesting and using landscaping that requires less water.
The study averaged Civano’s water use over a 12-month period and compared it with a one-month total from a group of similarly sized local homes.
A requirement for all Civano homes is two sets of water lines, one for potable water and one for reclaimed water. In addition, Civano homeowners are given an option to get the most out of the small amount of rain that does fall.
“Water harvesting is relatively cost-free,” Rayburn says, “and is overlooked [by developers] in the Southwest.”