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Water harvesting program builds up Tucson community, environment

Arizona Daily Star


WMG Co-ops members celebrate a successful water-harvesting workshop. Ask Martha Retallick or Richard Roati what they like best about the Green Living Co-op — a Watershed Management Group water-harvesting program — and they surprisingly give answers that have nothing to do with saving money.

“It’s meeting all these different people with a common purpose,” says Roati, who lives with his wife near Reid Park. “I’ve really met a lot of wonderful people that I still talk to.”

Retallick, who lives near Mansfield Park, says she likes that the well-run program helps others.

“They make it so you can learn something and do something helpful for the community,” she says. “I kept coming back because it was so organized.”

Lisa Shipek, Watershed Management’s executive director, says she’s not surprised by Roati’s and Retallick’s comments. While people may join the co-op to save money to install water-harvesting systems, they will continue because of the satisfaction of helping people and the environment.

“It’s really fulfilling to take part in that,” she says.

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