The Cochise Water Project staff  and Board of Directors 
would like to wish you all a very 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 
We look forward to bringing you more 
water savings news and tips in 2016!

Every drop counts - a year in review 
As we close out 2016, The Cochise Water Project would like to take this opportunity to look back at our achievements during 2015. Throughout our third year in operation, TCWP has worked hard to educate, inform and take action to help conserve water within the Sierra Vista Sub Watershed.

Thanks to our many projects, and the willingness of local residents and businesses to do their part, this non-profit has made great strides in reducing the amount of water drawn from the aquifer. This year alone, the savings add up to an estimated 485 acre feet - that's more than 158,000,000 gallons of water!
Our goal is continue with our mission to save water and to help maintain the longevity of the San Pedro River.

Here are some of the highlights from 2015:

Met with the members of the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class and talked to them about the importance of water and conservation in our community.

Held educational classes and participated in area shows, reaching out to more than 2,600 people.

Hosted a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the installation of the artificial turf outside Sierra Vista City Hall.

Presented the annual Movies in The Park in Sierra Vista and Bisbee, which were attended by thousands of families.

Conducted a toilet swap program in Tombstone and Bisbee, resulting in more than 80 low flush toilets being installed.

Donated low flush toilets to Step Up Bisbee, a non-profit which helps carry out repairs on homes for residents in need. We also installed toilets in a number of area non-profit facilities.

Sold 250 rain barrels at a discounted price.

Provided 53 residential rainwater harvesting systems, averaging 1,762 gallons.

Installed rainwater harvesting systems at Sierra Vista, Fry and Tombstone Fire Departments.

Installed two rainwater harvesting tanks at Cochise College, as well as rainwater systems at Ramsey Canyon, Carr House, Sierra Vista Food Co-op, and the Sierra Vista School Bus Barn.

Replaced more than 1,033 toilets, saving more than 10,300,000 gallons of water.

Installed smart irrigation systems at Pueblo Del Sol and Mountain View Golf Courses, and at City of Sierra Vista sports fields.

Replaced the front lawn at Pueblo Del Sol Country Club with artificial turf and the grass at the Life Care Center with gravel.

Installed a series of weather stations which will be used to deliver data to hundreds of smart irrigation controllers in 2016 - look out for details on that exciting project and how you can participate in the New Year!.

Once again, these projects add up to more than 158 million gallons of water saved!
Give the gift of water conservation

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Then why not give the gift of water conservation. There are several gifts  you can buy somebody to help make a difference. Here are a few ideas:
  • Home Water Filter - This is a great gift for anyone who stocks up on bottled water. The Natural Resources Defense Council says research shows there is little difference between bottled water and what comes out of your tap. You'll also be helping the environment by reducing the use of plastic.
  • Filtered Water Bottle - These bottles have self-contained filtration systems, they are durable, long-lasting, and the filters can be replaced. This gift will also help cut down on the use of bottled water.
  • Water Charity Donation - There are many organizations that work to save water, including The Cochise Water Project, so consider making a donation in the name of a loved one.
  • Rain Barrels - You don't have to buy an entire rainwater harvesting system to set someone on the path to water conservation. Start with one rain barrel - available for $65 from The Cochise Water Project - and help the recipient begin their water savings journey.
  • Knowledge - Give the gift of water savings knowledge by buying a book about rainwater harvesting or desert landscaping.

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