City of Scottsdale
In 1888, U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott visited the Salt River Valley, was impressed with its potential, and subsequently made a down payment on 640 acres to start a farming operation. Scott's purchase, near the heart of present-day downtown Scottsdale, would be the impetus for the development of the city that bears his name. Scottsdale "The West's Most Western Town" was incorporated in 1951 with a population of only 2,000 and is now called home to more than 223,000 people. The Water Conservation division of Scottsdale's Water Resources Department helps ensure that they will be able to maintain the quality of life their citizens have come to enjoy in the great Sonoran Desert through best water management practices.