In this issue: 
  • Long time sprinklers to go
  • Tombstone Fire Dept. 
  • City of Sierra Vista expands savings
  • Golf courses drive conservation
  • Making an impact
Life Care sprinklers to be shut down
Many Sierra Vista residents will be familiar with seeing the sprinklers that water the lawned areas in front of the Life Care Center along Wilcox Drive and Moorman Avenue. 

Those sprinklers will soon be  obsolete following a grant from The Cochise Water Project that will allow the facility to replace its grass with gravel and low water use plants like cactus.

Once completed, it is estimated this effort will save more than 500,000 gallons of water per year.

Tombstone embraces conservation

Following the success of a  similar  project in Sierra Vista, the Tombstone Fire Department has signed up for future water savings.

A 10,000 gallon tank is being installed at the station, which will allow the firefighters to wash their truck and other equipment using only rainwater.

The Tombstone team joins its counterparts in Sierra Vista, who are already taking advantage of the rainwater harvesting tanks installed at area fire stations. The Cochise Water Project has funded these water conservation programs.

This latest move in "The Town Too Tough Too Die" also follows a recent successful toilet replacement program.

City continues with smart savings
The City of Sierra Vista is continuing to work with The Cochise Water Project on improving its water conservation programs.

Smart irrigation upgrades will be taking place at all City landscaped facilities, parks and sports fields, which will result in savings of an estimated 20 acre feet (around 6.5 million gallons of water) per year.

Each irrigated area will be connected to a weather station and computer  system   that monitors rainfall and tells the sprinklers when to switch on.

The Cochise Water Project will also install rain tipping buckets which collect rainfall. After a certain amount of precipitation the water is tipped out and the measurement is recorded electronically. This will help control when the sprinklers need to be used and provide valuable information regarding water savings and use.
Golf courses drive water preservation
Extensive work has been carried out at all three area golf courses in a bid to save water.

Pueblo Del Sol Country Club in Sierra Vista is replacing the sprinkler controllers on all of its fairways and installing moisture sensors to cut down on water use.

Turquoise Valley Golf Course in Naco has just completed an update of its sprinkler system and added new controllers. This will conserve a significant amount of water each year. It is hoped the sprinklers will eventually be connected to a computer system, resulting in even further savings.

Meanwhile, Mountain View Golf Course at Fort Huachuca has switched over to a wireless smart irrigation system and is adding a 5,000 gallon rainwater harvesting tank. The preserved water will be used to wash the golf carts.

All three projects were funded by The Cochise Water Project.

By the numbers...

The Cochise Water Project's goal is to have a significant impact on the amount of water being drawn from the aquifer within the Sierra Vista Sub Watershed.


Thanks to the success of our programs, we are well on the way to achieving and maintaining our mission of water conservation.


Our plan this year was to install 1,000 low flush toilets. So far in 2015 we have installed 783. Of these, 483 are in Sierra Vista, 263 are outside of the city limits, and 37 are within four miles of the San Pedro River, which is a particular area of focus.


We have also supplied 194 rainwater harvesting barrels this year - 115 in Sierra Vista, 73 outside the area, and 6 within four miles of the river.


Additionally, 24 households, businesses and organizations took advantage of our turf rebate program, which will save 410,000 gallons of water per year.


We still have 50 gallon rainwater barrel kits available at just $50 each. They are a great way to start your water conservation efforts on a smaller scale at a very affordable price. For more information call us at (520) 732-2014.



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