Water 101 Lecture 1: Why Water Conservation?

Conserving Water - Week 1 - Gary Beverly from CWAGAZ on Vimeo.


This is the first in a series of five lectures in CWAG's "Water 101" class offered in Spring 2015. The presentation analyzes Prescott's water usage and conservation program, discusses conservation policy in general, then estimates the potential savings that could be achieved. Beverly describes CWAG's latest water conservation efforts and encourages citizens to get involved. Gary Beverly, Ph.D., is a retired businessman who now works to protect the Verde River. He lives in Chino Valley.

Download the presentation slides here.


  • "Ranchers need clean water for their stock, farmers need it for their crops, every employer needs it to stay in business, and every living thing needs it for life... The law needs to be clear to protect water quality and the rights of landowners."
    Mark Udall
  • "Water is the driver of Nature."
    Leonardo da Vinci
  • "When the well is dry, we know the worth of water."
    Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746
  • "...and since flow of information is to spirit what water is to life, we'd best think about how to keep the pipes free and unclogged."
    Raphie Frank
  • "In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference."
    Rachel Carson
  • "We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one."
    Jacques Yves Cousteau
  • "Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water."
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine
  • "Water is everywhere and in all living things; we cannot be separated from water. No water, no life. Period..."
    Robert Fulghum
  • "It's the water. Everything is driven by the water."
    Mike Thompson
  • "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over."
    Mark Twain