Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, During a tour of the Nature Conservancy, local residents were shown examples of water harvesting and solar electricity generators. The Oro Valley Town Council plans to discuss the possibilities of gray water harvesting and solar power ordinances. The new rules would mandate home builders include fixtures for the energy and water saving technologies at the time of construction.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Nature Conservancy docent Krista Brayer talks about how a residential-rainwater cistern can be used in and around the home.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Krista Brayer, a docent at the Nature Conservancy, explains to a tour group how a rainwater cistern collects thousands of gallons of water each year. The water collected is then used to irrigate surrounding landscapes.