CityScope: February - March 2021

What is your monthly water usage?
Use the new water calculator to find out

We live in the desert, so we know water is precious. Chandler has embraced a culture of conservation with an understanding of the importance of being water-efficient. However, the amount of water you use every day might surprise you. Have you ever wondered how much water you should be using? The team in the City’s Water Conservation Division gets that question a lot. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer. Every home is unique and many things impact your household’s unique water use. Now there is a new tool you can use. 

Chandler partners with other communities to tackle water issues through the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA). AMWUA recently created a Water Use Calculator to provide insight into how you use water throughout your home and in your yard by simply answering a few questions. Based on the answers you select, the calculator estimates how much water you need for optimal monthly water usage to maintain a water-efficient home. Throughout the calculator, there are helpful tips and useful links to increase your water efficiency and reduce the amount you are using every month.

We are fortunate to have access to safe and reliable water supplies every day. In the end, every drop counts, especially here in the desert.

Find resources such as the Water Use Calculator, information about available rebates and more resources and tips to help you manage your water usage.

Four of the most common household leaks include:

1 - Leaky toilets can silently waste 10,000 gallons in a year.
2 - Drippy faucets and showerheads are an easy fix. 
3 - Sprinkler and drip system leaks are commonly underground. 
4 - Pools and spas can suffer from cracks/breaks to essential parts.

Watch for ways to find and fix leaks during Fix-a-Leak Week March 15-21.

Sign up for paperless billing

There are many reasons that people sign up for paperless billing, here are our top five:

1 - Immediate access to your information — anytime, anywhere — from your mobile device or desktop.

2 - Saves space and reduces clutter. Paper documents take up a lot of space and can be difficult to store and manage. 

3 - Conserves natural resources. Think of the paper, ink, envelopes and electricity that can be saved by switching.

4 - Sign up for paperless billing along with autopay to reduce the worry and hassle of bill paying each month.

5 - By switching to paperless, you will receive an email with a link to view your bill plus the most recent CityScope digital version with links to even more content.

Find details about paperless billing and learn how to sign up. Call 480-782-2280 for more information.

Volunteers provide free income tax help

The City, in collaboration with Mesa United Way, is kicking off the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax season. 

Volunteers assist with preparing income taxes for low- to moderate-income individuals and families, the elderly and individuals with disabilities. The free tax preparation service is offered through April 14, 2021, to those whose income is less than $57,000. Appointments will be required for all services. Face masks (covering mouth and nose) must be worn and social 
distancing must be maintained at all appointments. Chandler residents also can use, a self-paced, step-by-step guide to file simple tax returns online for free. 

Find locations and information about what to bring. Residents also may contact Mesa United Way with any questions at 480-834-2122. 

Chandler Public Library continues to provide the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) the opportunity to offer tax preparation service at their Downtown location. 

Family Swim Pass Sale March 15-21

Make everyday a pool day! Purchase a Family Swim Pass during the annual sale from March 15-21, 2021. Families of four can save 15% off a season pass (valid March through November 2021) and enjoy unlimited access to all six Chandler Aquatic Centers. 

Open to Chandler residents only, passes can be purchased online or at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Centers.

Schedule your free curbside bulk pick up

Residents paying for City-provided solid waste services can schedule a free curbside recycling and/or trash bulk pick up by calling 480-782-3510. Bulk items are those that are too large to fit in a residential curbside or alley trash container. Here are some common questions and tips:

  • Residents can schedule a free bulk pick up every six weeks.
  • Additional bulk collections can be scheduled before the next free collection for $30. 
  • The cost to collect Freon-bearing items is $15 per unit. Fees are charged to your Chandler utility bill.
  • Chandler solid waste ratepayers may call 480-782-3510 to find out the next available bulk collection date, learn size or material restrictions and add authorized users.
  • Bulk collection can be scheduled online. Make a list of all the materials you need collected prior to calling or scheduling online.
  • Bulk materials shall be placed on the resident’s driveway or front yard. Alley bulk pick up is not available.  
  • Items not accepted include building and construction materials such as sheet rock, cinderblocks, bricks, pavers and roofing materials. Dirt, gravel, propane tanks, tires, auto parts and liquid hazardous or medical waste are also not allowed.
  • Consider donating gently used items to local charities. Many offer curbside collection and offer a tax deduction.

9, 16, 17, 20   Water-Wise Virtual Workshops

10           Downtown Chandler Mural Mile Tour, 480-782-2695

15-21     Family Season Pass Sale

15-19     Spring Break Camps 

18     Spice of Life Senior Variety Show, Chandler Center for the Arts

18     Sonoran Sunset Series, Veterans Oasis Park, 480-782-2890

22, 25    City Council meetings, Council Chambers, 480-782-2180

@Chandler Museum

300 S. Chandler Village Drive

Aug. 25, 2020 - Aug. 29, 2021
Bigger Than Boxing: Zora Folley and the 1967 Heavyweight Title

Feb. 3 - March 10, 2021 
Death and Diamonds: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey from Kraków to Chandler

Feb. 3 - March 10, 2021 
Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations

@Vision Gallery

10 East Chicago St.

Feb. 27 – March 27, 2021
Sediments: Layers of the Phoenix Valley

@The Gallery at the CCA

 250 N. Arizona Ave.

March 6 – April 10, 2021
Approaching the Natural: Artwork by Mary Meyer and Aimee Ollinger

City offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Trash and recycling collection will not be affected. 

Find up-to-date and accurate information about Chandler’s response to COVID-19, you’ll also find information and resources for regional partners for the latest vaccination schedules, eligibility and learn how to sign up to receive a vaccine.

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