In this issue: 
  • Trading old for new in Bisbee
  • Stepping up for low-income families
  • Get ready for the winter rains
  • How water impacts economics
Historic Bisbee swaps old for new 
The historic nature of Bisbee means there are many older homes with toilets that flush too much water. Thanks to The Cochise Water Project, however, progress is being made to stop the flow.

More than 50 people took advantage of our toilet rebate program and swapped their existing models for low flush toilets that have less of an impact on the aquifer and San Pedro River.

"This was a very successful program and we were delighted to see so many Bisbee residents willing to do their part to help conserve our precious resources," said TCWP Administrative Director Tim Cervantes.

Stepping up to help another non-profit

Our work to help Bisbee residents lower their water usage continues with a donation of toilets to a local non-profit group.

Step Up Bisbee is a building repair program for low-income community members and  area charities. Each year, about 10 residences are selected to be worked on for one day. Some 100 volunteers then turn up to caulk, paint, replace windows, carry out roof repair and more.

This year, the organization would like to include water fixture upgrades in the homes it visits, which is where The Cochise Water Project can help.

We delivered low flush toilets to Step Up Bisbee, to be installed at the households it chooses to help. Additionally, toilets will be upgraded at a number of local non-profits, including the Verhelst Recovery House. Pictured above are Grady Meadows, of Step Up Bisbee, Tim Cervantes, of TCWP, and Cado Daily, of Water Wise, during the delivery of toilets to Verhelst Recovery House.

"Although we offer low flush toilets at a reduced cost as part of our rebate program, there are still low income families who cannot afford to do it," said TCWP Executive Director Pat Call. "We were delighted to be able to make a difference to both those residents and the local water supply by donating toilets."

Start collecting those winter rains
As this week's rainfall has demonstrated, there is always an opportunity to collect water beyond the summer months. The monsoons may soon be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean you can't continue to capture rainwater. While we enjoy a dry climate for much of the year, there are still winter rain showers ahead of us.

Now is the perfect time to install a rainwater barrel in your yard, and you can do it from just $50.

"Half of our annual rainfall comes during the winter months," said TCWP Executive Director Pat Call. "It can be a regular and steady rain, which puts as much into the aquifer as the monsoons. That means winter is a great time to capture rainfall."

The Cochise Water Project has 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.

Water  supply helps the economy 
Did you know that water supply has a direct impact on both local and global economics? According to non-profit
  • On average, every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return.
  • Gaining universal access to adequate water and sanitation would result in an estimated $18.5 billion in economic benefits per year from deaths avoided.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates lack of universal water access results in $24 billion in lost economic value each year due to time spent gathering water.
  • The WHO estimates $260 billion is lost globally each year due to lack of adequate water supply and sanitation.
  • Universal access to water and sanitation would result in an estimated $32 billion in economic benefits per year globally from reductions in health care costs and increased productivity from reduced illness.
  • Only 6% of international aid went towards investments in water and sanitation in 2011.

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