CityScope: September - October 2023

How to save water outdoors

Sprinkler watering a lawn

The Colorado River Basin experienced above average snowpack last winter, but one good year does not change the impacts of long-term drought. It is still important to reduce water use in our city. 

With the seasons changing and cooler weather on its way, it’s time to check the frequency of your landscape watering system. Did you know that 70% of residential water use is outdoors and 50% of landscapes are overwatered? By making sure you are not overwatering, you can help conserve Chandler’s water supplies. 

Overwatering can cause excessive growth, root diseases and other landscape maintenance problems. Deep infrequent watering encourages strong healthy root systems that can tolerate intense heat and periods of drought.

Effective irrigation system design, installation and maintenance are also important factors to consider. Prevent overspraying by making sure sprinklers serve only the required grass areas, not wasting water on non-landscaped areas. Maximize your irrigation efficiency and reduce evaporation losses by watering when the sun is down. 

You can also save thousands of gallons of water when you choose to go blonde for the winter. And by blonde, we mean skipping overseeding to let your Bermuda grass go dormant. In addition to saving water, you can lower your landscaping costs. 

Chandler also offers water conservation rebates and incentives. Visit the website to learn how to save money and water by removing grass or installing a smart irrigation controller that adjusts to weather conditions. Chandler’s rebate programs will be updated this October to provide even more savings opportunities. 

You can also take advantage of Chandler’s free Water-Wise Site Visits. Chandler offers free on-site consultations to troubleshoot unexplained high-water use. High-water use can be caused by inefficient landscape watering schedules, irrigation system leaks, malfunctioning pool equipment, leaky indoor fixtures, water softeners, reverse osmosis systems and leaky toilet flappers. 

We live in the desert and low-water-use landscaping is an important water conservation tool. Every drop counts. We have enough water to use, but never enough to waste.    

Learn more about Chandler water conservation programs, schedule a Water-Wise Site Visit, sign up for a workshop or learn more about the rebate and incentive program.

The Chandler app lets you connect with the city to resolve issues quickly

PublicStuff App on a mobile device

Connecting with the City of Chandler is as easy as a click on your smartphone or other mobile device. The city has several free mobile applications that allow residents with smartphones and tablets to access select customer services and communicate directly with staff to resolve issues in the city and your neighborhood.

With the Chandler PublicStuff mobile phone app, you can point, click and send photos of graffiti, weeds, abandoned shopping carts and other code violations. Once your account is set up, the app allows users to choose an option to receive updates on the status of their request. 

Learn more about the PublicStuff app and other ways to connect at In addition to using these mobile apps, residents can contact the city through the Contact Chandler form on, or via phone, mail, or through the city’s social media accounts.

Fun for everyone at Chandler’s upcoming events

Check out some of the big events happening in Chandler this fall. Find a list of all city events, and up-to-date event details.

Puparazzi Photo Contest - submissions open starting Oct. 3
Stop, Sit, and Selfie! If your VIP (very important pooch) has “star quality” then send us your photos. Get creative and show us what makes your four-legged friend adorably cute, and you could win a paw-some prize basket (valued at $75). This opportunity is open to residents and non-residents of Chandler. 

27th Annual Chandler Golf Challenge - Nov. 3
Dust off your golf clubs. Chandler Golf Challenge swings into action with a shotgun start at Bear Creek Golf Club. Sponsored by Dignity Health Arizona, the tournament brings the community together for a great day of golf that, in turn, improves educational and recreational opportunities for hundreds of people with disabilities. Players enjoy raffles, on-course contests, and much more. Whether you’re an Olympic hopeful or a Happy Gilmore, the day is sure to be a hole-in-one! 

Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Nov. 10 & 11, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Experience a rare, up-close look at Western history during this family-friendly culinary event. Authentic 1880s chuck wagon teams from around the West use historic cooking methods to create the best five-course meals fit for the trail. Meal tickets are limited and go on sale Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.  Tumbleweed Ranch is located at the southeast corner of Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen. Free admission, $20 Saturday meal ticket. Call 480-782-2717 for more information. 

Open House at Fire Station No. 11, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to Noon
The Chandler Fire Department is holding a free open house at Fire Station No. 11 located at 4200 S. Gilbert Road. In addition to tours of the station there will be a fire truck, ambulance, displays and demonstrations. Blood pressure checks will be available, along with drowning prevention information and instruction on Hands-Only CPR. In the Fire Safety House display, children will get hands-on instruction on how to get out of a smoke filled environment.

Woofstock - Tumbleweed Park - Nov. 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Every dog has its day at Woofstock. Very Important Pooches (VIP) and well-behaved owners can enjoy free a fun fur-filled day in Tumbleweed Park. Explore a variety of pet-related vendors and activities. Admission into the park is free.    



• City offices and the Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center are closed on Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day.
Trash and recycling are collected on this observed holiday.  The only three holidays that impact collection are Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 

• City offices and the Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, for Thanksgiving.

There WILL be changes to the trash and recycling collection the week of Thanksgiving.   

   • Trash and recycling will be picked up as normal on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 
   • Trash and recycling wil NOT be collected on Thanksgiving Day. 
   • If your regular collection day is Thursday, place your container out on Friday. 
   • If your regular collection day is Friday, place your container out on Saturday. 

• Interested in becoming a volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program? Training sessions to become certified on tax preparation will start in November. 

3     Military Appreciation Breakfast, Chandler Community Center, 480-782-2720
4    Diwali “Festival of Lights”, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park: Stage Plaza, 480-782-2221
4     Bruce in the USA, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680
4     Arbor Day, Veterans Oasis Park, 480-782-2748
5     Howie Mandel, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680
6, 9    City Council meetings, Council Chambers, 480-782-2181
7     Resident Registration opens, all city facilities, 480-782-2727
10    Veterans Day holiday, city offices closed
10-11    Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Tumbleweed Ranch, 480-782-2717
10     Non-Resident Registration opens, all city facilities, 480-782-2727
11    Open House, Fire Station No. 11, 480-782-2120
16     Sonoran Sunset Series – Pick & Holler, Veterans Oasis Park, 480-782-2890
18    Woofstock, Tumbleweed Park, 480-782-2735
18     On & On: José James Sings Badu, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680
18    Opening Reception for Art Quilts: Breaking Rules, Honoring Tradition, Vision Gallery, 480-782-2695
23     Turkey Swim, Hamilton Aquatic Center, 480-782-2527
23, 24    Thanksgiving holiday, city offices closed

Call the Special Events Hotline at 480-782-2735 for more information.

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Mayor & Council | 480-782-2200
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