About Us

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with Tucson Water, is pleased to offer the Pima County Smartscape Program.  This partnership, which began in 1989, focuses on landscape water conservation and education in Tucson and the surrounding communities. Smartscape promotes best management practices based on Xeriscape principles for creating and maintaining healthy, water-efficient landscapes. The main objective of the program is to promote the adoption of water-efficient landscapes, and increase irrigation efficiencies by residential, multi-family, commercial, municipal and industrial water users by developing and conducting classes, seminars, events, and training programs.  To meet this objective, informative classes are held throughout the year for landscape professionals and residential water users in the Tucson area. Ultimately, efficient water use in the landscape has the potential to create savings in water, costs, maintenance, and energy while promoting sustainability of our urban desert community.

The signature eight-part professional series, Smartscape: A Training Program for Landscape Professionals™, was launched in both the Tucson and Phoenix areas in 1994. It was developed collaboratively by Tucson Water, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, the Arizona Nursery Association, the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association, and industry representatives.

Professional classes are intended to build capacity within the landscape industry to design, install, and maintain water-efficient landscapes.

Residential & Rebate classes are designed to assist homeowners in making water-smart choices for their landscapes.

All classes are sponsored by Tucson Water and are FREE of charge.