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Troy Hayes | #AIWW2023

Phoenix is the fifth-largest and fastest-growing big city in the US, with an ambitious vision to become the most sustainable desert city on the planet. At AIWW2023, Troy Hayes, Water Services Director, shares which measures the desert city, hit by climate change, is taking to become more sustainable.

"Phoenix is the fifth-largest and fastest-growing big city in the US, with an ambitious vision to become the most sustainable desert city on the planet. Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, heat is a fact of life for Phoenicians – people are more likely to carry gloves to protect their hands from hot steering wheels in the summer than cold in the winter. A balance between the sometimes competing priorities of cooling solutions and water conservation necessitates a unique and innovative framework of heat response and mitigation strategies," Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix, says. 

At AIWW2023, her representant Troy Hayes, Water Services Director, shares which measures the desert city, hit by climate change, is taking to become more sustainable. 

Troy: "We are looking at two sides of the story. The demand side for one: we have to reduce the amount of water that is needed on a daily basis. In order to achieve this we implement different demand management technique controlling the amount of water we are using. Second, we need to expand the supply side. We raise up our dams, to collect more water, but also we put all sorts of other technological solutions in place, like water treatment and water purification plants that help us treat wastewater and keep water in the system.

 

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