In this issue: 
  • Tombstone toilets
  • Movies In The Park
  • Cochise College saves
  • A successful lawn party
  • Taking water for granted
Taking water savings to Tombstone
During its two-day stint in Tombstone The Cochise Water Project replaced more than 60 high water use toilets.

The historic nature of the town means a number of much older toilets were discovered - some using as many as five gallons per flush.

All existing models were replaced with Niagara Stealth 0.8 gallon per flush models, pictured being delivered above. The potential water savings are up to 3 acre feet (or around one million gallons) per year.

"We were surprised, but pleased, with how many people wanted to take advantage of this program," said Administrative Director Tim Cervantes, who coordinated the project. "We are happy that Tombstone will be benefiting from saving water in the years to come."

The Cochise Water Project set up camp at the American Legion Hall and toilets were sold on a first come first served basis. The $95 cost included installation, which was carried out by Buena Vista Plumbing.

Due to the success of the program, The Cochise Water Project is planning a second visit some time in the summer.

Movies in the Park continues to entertain thousands throughout the summer

Movies In The Park got off to a great start in Sierra Vista on May 9, despite the cooler than usual weather. Hundreds of families came out to enjoy a screening of the popular animated film "Big Hero 6".

But don't  worry if you missed it. There are still plenty of opportunities to catch a free movie in the coming weeks.

On May 23 we'll be screening "Strange Magic", followed by " Maleficent" on June 6, and "Spare Parts" on June 20. A yet-to-be-announced film will also be shown in Bisbee at the strip park in Warren on June 19.

Movies In The Park is sponsored by The Cochise Water Project and local businesses and organizations, including the City of Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista Herald, Lawley Automotive, Horizon Moving Systems, Cox, Oasis Rainwater Harvesting, High Jump Party Rentals and CerendipiTees. We'd also like to thank Bright Star, which sponsored the new screen at the Centennial Pavilion.

An education in water preservation
These two shining examples of water conservation have just been installed at Cochise College, which took advantage of the The Cochise Water Project's rainwater harvesting grant program.

The two 10,000-gallon tanks will now feed the landscaping surrounding the Student Union and Library buildings.

Lawn party proves to be a showcase for community water conservation

The new artificial turf at City Hall was the perfect location for a lawn party. 

Community leaders and members came out in force to join The Cochise Water Project for Lunch On The Lawn, where we celebrated the completion of the turf and a rainwater harvesting system at the City of Sierra Vista headquarters.

These conservation projects, funded by The Cochise Water Project, will save around 200,000 gallons of water annually. 

Those who attended enjoyed a free lunch, a game of bocce ball and music performed by a string trio from the Sierra Vista Symphony. Participating vendors included the Sierra Vista Food Co-op, Water Wise, Chrome Pony Rally and the Henry Hauser Museum gift shop.

The Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.

Visitors to City Hall are encouraged to take a stroll on the turf and get a real feel for this lush looking, water-free lawn.

It's easy to take water access for granted

The Cochise Water Project works hard to spread the water conservation message. But not everyone is as lucky as we are to have access to clean water, according to


The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), and the #8 global risk based on likelihood (likelihood of occurring within 10 years) as announced by the World Economic Forum, January 2015.

750 million people around the world lack access to safe water; approximately one in nine people.

More than twice the population of the United States lives without access to safe water.

Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.

82% of those who lack access to improved water live in rural areas, while just 18% live in urban areas.



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