Scottsdale Update - Aug. 14, 2023


Scottsdale residents reduced water use during the hottest month on record. While temperatures soared in July, water use dropped by 7% when compared to July 2022, saving nearly 180 million gallons of water.

Here’s how:

  • Scottsdale’s popular grass removal rebate saw a 450% increase in program execution leading up to July. Customers removed 400,000 square feet of grass in one year which no longer needs water during the hottest months. 

  • Scottsdale Water promoted an outreach campaign educating homeowners on proper desert landscape watering.

  • The city asked residents not to water during the hottest hours of the day, between 10 a.m.-7 p.m., to help prevent evaporation loss and increase plant absorption.

Since the declaration of stage one of Scottsdale’s drought management plan, the city has beefed up water saving efforts throughout municipal operations. In January 2022, the city asked residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water use by at least 5%. City government led the way by saving more than 6% in 2022. Learn how you can conserve water.

Honor those in uniform by nominating them for the Scottsdale Salutes program. In November, the city will publicly thank veterans and military service members in the community by featuring them on light pole banners in Old Town. Veterans, active-duty service members, and members of the National Guard and reserves who live in Scottsdale, or are from Scottsdale, are eligible for recognition.  

Submit nominations at, search “Scottsdale Salutes,” by Friday, Sept. 22. Those selected also will be honored at a community reception in November. The Scottsdale Veterans Advisory Commission, seven City-Council appointed residents who advise on veterans’ issues and to raise awareness of and honor veterans in the community, initiated the program.


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Here’s what’s coming up: 


Join award-winning photographers Scott Baxter and Werner Segarra for a lively banter about their life and times. The program begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Arrive early to view their exhibitions, Scott Baxter: The Gather – A Portrait of the American West and Werner Segarra: Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo, prior to the discussion. Reserve your seat; free with museum admission.

True crime lovers – Meet “Toxic Rage” author A.J. Flick and learn about her account of a shocking murder. Flick will discuss a jaw-dropping case that has been featured on 48 Hours, Forensic Files and Investigation Discovery's Killing Time. Space is limited – please see a staff member prior to the start of the program to pick up a ticket, which will be your registration. The free program begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at Arabian Library.

Learn how Navajo Code Talkers saved American lives during World War II. A group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines without knowing that they would be called on to develop a secret code against the Japanese military. This select group of Code Talkers devised a Navajo language code that was accurate, quick, never broken and saved many American lives. This free program profiles four Code Talkers who reflect on their lives growing up on the Navajo Nation homeland before and after the war. It begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Mustang Library.


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Cool off at city waterparks through Labor Day. Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers are open 1-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Birthday party reservations are also available during these times. 

Looking to be a safer driver? Senior centers have teamed with AARP to host driver safety courses open to anyone. Here are the details:

Cost: $20 for AARP members and $25 for nonmembers.

Adopt a pet for free at “Clear the Shelters Event.” Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is teaming with NBCUniversal and Telemundo for its annual pet adoption and donation campaign. The county will waive adoption fees for dogs six months and older through Aug. 21. Since its 2015 inception, this event has helped more than 860,000 pets find new homes. Learn more.


Donate a new backpack and take a spin in a police car. The Scottsdale Police Department is already gearing up for next school year’s Back to School drive in hopes of collecting 600 backpacks. The fun happens from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at McKellips District parking lot, 7601 E. McKellips Road. The ride will take place on a short, closed course and is available for anyone 12 and older. There will be some fun photo opportunities for those too young to ride.

Job of the Week: Deputy City Clerk. The successful candidate oversees a wide variety of technical and specialized administrative duties involving the actions of the City Council and coordination of city elections. He/she develops, organizes and maintains an ongoing records management program throughout to ensure records are inventoried, maintained, destroyed or archived. Benefits include 12 paid holidays; sick leave; medical, dental and vision benefits; tuition reimbursement; participation in Arizona State Retirement System; and more. Learn more and apply.


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