Water Conservation Do’s and Don’ts
On average, each Arizona resident uses about 145 gallons per day. About 20 percent of the State’s water supply is for municipal use, and most of this is residential. Up to 70 percent of that water is used outdoors (watering plants, swimming pools, washing cars, etc.) especially during the summer months, with the remaining used indoors (bathing, cooking, cleaning, etc.). Residents that incorporate water efficiency into everyday life help preserve water for future generations.
Some ways to conserve water outside: install a water-efficient drip, irrigation system; plant low-water use and drought-tolerant grasses; regularly check sprinkler systems and timing devices; water deeply but less frequently; collect and use rain water; and water plants when necessary.
Some ways to conserve inside: check faucets and pipes for leaks; run washing machine and dishwasher when they have full loads or adjust water levels for smaller loads; do not pre-rinse dishes unless you need to; when washing dishes by hand, do not let the water run; and turn water treatment and softener units off while on vacation.
Protecting Kids, Pets and Yourself Against the Rising Temperatures
As the temperatures keep climbing, I would like to give some friendly safety reminders:
Do Not Leave Kids or Pets in Cars
Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying. When leaving your car, ALWAYS check to be sure everyone is out of the car. If you need a reminder that a child is in your car, simple tricks like leaving a stuffed animal in the front seat will help remind you.
Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and makes you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, wear a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and apply a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Make sure to always reapply sunscreen.
Stay Cool Indoors
Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible, and be sure to check on those who do not have air-conditioning.
Cut down on exercising during the heat. If you’re not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slow and pace yourself up.
Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, regardless of how active you are.
The City of Surprise is a part of the Heat Relief Network. We provide refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during the summer months. There are designated stations that offer indoor refuge from heat during the day, as well as drinking fountains or bottled water. Stations can be found here:
Surprise Resource Center: 12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, Suite 124
Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301: 16750 N. Village Drive East (FS 301)
Hollyhock Library: 15844 N. Hollyhock Street
Northwest Regional Library: 16089 N. Bullard Avenue
The Salvation Army Sun Cities Valley Corps: 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd.
You can help those in need by donating water bottles, sun screen, sun glasses and hats at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301.
If you and your family are looking for something to beat the summer heat, the Hollyhock Pool, 15808 N. Hollyhock Street, is open Monday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The pool is closed on Fridays. These hours do not change until August 3.
The pool offers a zero depth area with water play features, water spray pad with play features, three-lane lap pool, and a water slide! The pool also offers swimming lessons and is a great way to host an inexpensive party. Please call 623.222.2530 for more information.
The daily entry fee is $1 for youth, $2 for adults and $5 for non-residents. If you’re planning to be at the pool a lot this summer, you can also purchase a semi-annual pool pass. It’s $20 for youth and $40 for adults. The semi-annual pool pass is for Surprise residents only.
Surprise Community Garden
City Councilmembers are allotted a certain amount of discretionary money to spend on non-profit organizations or a one-time purchase for event costs when the event is held or conducted within their district. This year, I utilized my discretionary funds for the Surprise Community Garden, located at Benevilla. This is truly a hidden treasure in Surprise, and I was excited to be a part of it. I appreciate the hard work they do for our community, and I look forward to what the future holds for them.
Veterans Reflection Circle
The City of Surprise hosted a groundbreaking on June 24 for the Veterans Reflection Circle. This memorial is in honor of late Surprise resident, Brian Mancini, and his sacrifices. Currently there is a scheduled grand opening on Veterans Day 2019. You can learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/vrc.
Arizona State Veteran Home: Yuma, Arizona
I was excited to join the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services in Yuma on June 22 for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Arizona State Veteran Home. This home will provide skilled-nursing and rehabilitative care for Arizona’s veterans.
Meritage Homes at Marley Park
Thank you to Meritage Homes for hosting Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Winters, Councilmember Duffy, and me at the ribbon cutting for the new homes in Marley Park on June 5. We toured six new model homes, the recreation center, basketball courts, resort style pool and clubhouse. We are excited to welcome new neighbors to Surprise!
Tour of O’Dell Center for Athletics at Ottawa University
On June 21, I participated in a tour of the new O’Dell Center for Athletics. This is going to be a fascinating facility. Ottawa University students and student athletes will have state of the art equipment year-round. This facility will also offer community partnerships that will benefit City of Surprise residents. We cannot wait for the grand opening this fall!
In June, I invited Julie Neal from the AZ TechCelerator to my District 4 Community Meeting where she provided informative updates. The AZ TechCelerator is a 66,000 square foot business incubator where small businesses have the opportunity to grow. It provides access to mentors, training, affordable space, and so many more resources tailored for your entrepreneurship venture. The Surprise Resource Center is also located inside the AZ TechCelerator and offers many services for residents and veterans.
Membership at the TechCelerator starts at $50 per month- which includes office space, conference rooms, community meetings, education workshops, and much more. The space allows you to expand at your own pace.
The AZ TechCelerator is located at 12425 W. Bell Road. For more information, please call 623-222-8324 or visit www.aztechcelerator.com.
District 4 Community Meeting
Every fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., I host a District Community Meeting at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 North Hollyhock Street. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.
This past month, I attended the Coyote Lakes & Litchfield Manor HOA meeting. I had a productive meeting with them and provided them with city updates, took questions, and addressed their concerns. I always enjoy meeting with residents in their neighborhoods. It is my continued goal to visit every HOA in my district on a frequent basis. Please contact me at 623.222.1300 if I have not yet visited your community.