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City awards grants to neighborhoods to increase stormwater harvesting

Posted at 7:10 AM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 11:45:23-04

Tucson Water and Tucson Clean and Beautiful are awarding grants to neighborhoods in hopes of increasing stormwater harvesting.

This is the second year the city is awarding the grants. 

The main purpose of the grants is to incorporate more stormwater harvesting techniques into neighborhoods all while making them more environmentally friendly as well. 

Stormwater harvesting techniques that are implemented through the grant money that is awarded include creating curbs that allow stormwater to flow in freely, as well as enhancing walkability to make the most of stormwater.

"What we try to accomplish with these is essentially to green the community up without putting a big burden on our drinking water supplies," said Fernando Molina with Tucson Water.

Creating more environmentally friendly neighborhoods is at the forefront of the partnership. Incorporating urban tree canopy, and isolating heat islands are two techniques the program aims at installing into neighborhoods who receive the grants. 

The grant offers up to $45,000 to neighborhoods who apply and receive the grants. The money can go toward a single project or multiple projects depending on what the community decides to do. 

If you'd like to apply for a grant you can do so here