Safford initiates new conservation program

John Archuleta was the first winner of a giveaway under the City of Safford's new conservation program, taking home a Google Nest smart thermostat. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — The City of Safford has begun its new conservation program, starting with the community’s young people.

“One of the areas that we wanted to begin with is with is working with children, students,” said City Manager John Cassella. “So we did meet with the (Safford Unified) School District this week and began discussion with them to figure out how we can roll this out, how we insert ourselves into the classroom, and then we’ll go over some of the curriculum.”

The city is not just focusing on water conservation, but would like residents to save across all utilities.

In May, Jennifer Bryce, with the city’s Utilities Division, explained to the City Council that the education program will focus on three areas — how the water, wastewater and electrical systems work, how to conserve, and how to be safe with water and electricity — and tailor messages by age group.

For children, the messages include turning off the faucet while brushing teeth and turning off lights when exiting a room. For homeowners, it’s reminding them to regularly change air filters, installing water-efficient shower heads and replacing worn flappers in toilets.

“And remember to conserve to preserve for our future generations,” said Mayor Jason Kouts.