As Goodyear residents are gearing up to enter the hottest months of the year, the city’s water conservation coordinator has made it his mission to help the community be smart about their water use.
Since Andrew Pirrone’s first day as water conservation coordinator this year, he has worked to increase awareness and start new programs. Those include an easier way for residents to detect water leaks in their home, new customized water-use analysis for residents, and a program to assist those with large yards or a lot of landscaping.
“We’re really excited about these programs, and they are really helpful for conserving water at home and just being more aware of where your water is going,” Pirrone said.
Prior to working for Goodyear, Pirrone was the water conservation specialist for the town of Gilbert. Before that, he worked in irrigation water management in all aspects, from landscape contracting and system design to irrigation product distribution.
Pirrone earned his undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from Cal Poly Pomona and a master’s certificate in public administration from ASU. He is also a certified arborist, certified irrigation auditor and a residential irrigation designer.
As Pirrone transitions to the West Valley, he said he quickly learned that residents do a great job of conserving water. Goodyear uses about 25% less water than other Valley cities, according to Pirrone. However, he said there is always room to do better.
“Goodyear residents average about 85 gallons per person per day, which is definitely one of the lower ones with respect to the other cities in the valley,” Pirrone said. “We’re very proud of what our residents already are doing to be water efficient, but it’s still always important to continue to be conscious of how much water we’re using depending on our household.”
Goodyear residents can save on their water bill each month and help the city safely and efficiently conserve water. Pirrone said the benefits are for the homeowner and the community.
“Water conservation is a really important way of life,” he said. “Here we do live in the desert, so water is very precious and conservation matters. Because of that, and everything that individual residents do and individual businesses do, it really does make a big difference in enhancing the resiliency of the city overall.”
Pirrone advises homeowners to make small changes to their water use in the coming months to help conserve water.
Four of the most important tips Pirrone mentioned for homeowners include checking irrigation for leaks, changing the irrigation schedule to reduce the amount of water when there’s higher humidity, making sure the pool’s auto fill valve is working properly, and shutting off the irrigation controller during a rainfall event.
Pirrone said making these changes in residents’ homes will help continue to “enhance the resiliency of our community, both from a resource perspective and from financial perspective.”
So, as triple-digit temperatures approach, residents should implement one or more of Pirrone’s water conservation tips. He said it will not only help residents financially but also the community as a whole and its future.
“When we are really efficient with our water, it benefits all of us together,” Pirrone said. “Obviously it benefits us individually with saving money and resources, but it also benefits the community as a whole because it protects the water that we already do have by making sure that we’re using it efficiently. And then it also safeguards the future of our community.”
As a Mesa resident and having been born and raised in California, Pirrone said he is thankful for all the efforts made to improve water efficiency in Arizona and California, which he said ultimately benefit each other because the two states share many of the same water sources.
Pirrone has served as Goodyear’s water conservation coordinator for a few months and looks to continue to see improvements in the city’s water use and conservation programs.
“I am thrilled to be a part of Goodyear. I work with an excellent team of people, and I am excited to participate in helping improve water efficiency in such a unique place in Goodyear’s history,” he said.
For more information on Goodyear’s water conservation or to sign up for free conservation classes, visit goodyearaz.gov.