In this issue: 
  • You're invited to our lawn party!
  • Bus barn water savings
  • Movies in the Park returns
  • Water Awareness Month
  • Tombstone toilet project
  • Preserving at the preserve

The Cochise Water Project & City of Sierra Vista
invite you to 
Friday, May 1
Open House 11am-1pm
Ribbon Cutting - Noon

Join us for finger sandwiches, cake and tea as we celebrate the installation of the new artificial turf and rainwater harvesting system at City Hall.
Visit vendors, enjoy a game of bocce ball on the lawn and learn about the exciting water conservation measures taking place in your community.
You'll also have the chance to win great prizes, including two 65 gallon rainwater barrels, a $25 Sierra Vista Food Co-op gift card, a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn in Tombstone, Schlotzsky's Deli gift cards, and dinner for two at the Outback Restaurant.


Water savings journey continues at 
Sierra Vista school district bus barn
The latest organization to sign up for big water savings is the Sierra Vista school district.

The Cochise Water Project will soon be installing a 5,000 gallon rainwater harvesting tank at the district's bus barn on Buffalo Soldier Trail.

The collected water will be used to wash the buses and other equipment, saving thousands of gallons annually. This project comes hot on the heels of a similar installation at the area's fire stations, which has proved to be a great success.

Fun for the whole family at this year's Movies in the Park

Movies In The Park will be back this summer, and we have some great films for the whole family to enjoy.

Sponsored by The Cochise Water Project and local businesses, this event will see popular movies screened over four evenings at Veterans Memorial Park, Sierra Vista, and one nights in Bisbee at the strip park in Warren. 

Part of our mission is to educate the community about water conservation, and we do this through fun and educational videos before the movie, reaching thousands of local residents.

This year, screenings will take place on May 9 & 23, and June 6 & 20, in Sierra Vista, and on June 19 in Bisbee. Look for more details in the Sierra Vista Herald and on our Facebook page. All movies start at dusk.

April is Water Awareness Month!

Water Awareness Month (WAM) has been observed in Cochise County since 2001 and there is plenty you can do to help save local water.


Why not arrange for a specialist from Water Wise to visit your home? This free, two-hour consultation will look at everything from landscaping, irrigation and Xeriscape design to stormwater management and potential leaks inside the home. Call (520) 458-8278, ext. 2141 for details.


Get out into the fresh air and learn about water preservation at the same time. Bike, jog or walk one of the multi-use paths between Buffalo Soldier Trail and Avenida Cochise to view the winning water contest posters designed by local youth as part of WAM.


The City of Sierra Vista offers a truckload of mulch for only $8. Mulch can significantly reduce the amount of water a plant needs. Visit or call 458-5775.


For other ideas and information call the Water Wise program at 458-8278, ext. 2141 or visit


Tombstone Toilet Project
The Cochise Water Project will be conducting a special two-day toilet replacement program in Tombstone next month.

The goal behind the program is to replace up to 100 toilets that currently use 1.6 gallons per flush, with Niagara Stealth 0.8 gallon per flush models. The potential water savings are 3 acre feet (or around one million gallons) per year.

Representatives from The Cochise Water Project will be in Tombstone to take applications, answer questions and to give out installation vouchers. There will be a plumber on site to do installations as needed.

Toilets will be replaced at a cost of $95 per toilet, with a two unit limit per household. If customers have a toilet that currently uses more than 1.6 gallons per flush, the cost is reduced to $50  each.

For more details email Administrative Director Tim Cervantes, or look out for info in upcoming issues of the Tombstone Gazette and on our Facebook page.

Rainwater harvesting coming to 
 Ramsey Canyon Nature Preserve
Thanks to a grant from The Cochise Water Project, the Ramsey Canyon Nature Preserve will soon be watering its surrounding landscape with rainwater.

The popular tourist attraction plans to install three barrels to take advantage of the rainwater runoff from its visitor center roof.

"We'll have a 1,500 gallon tank on one side of the building and another two 1,300 gallon tanks to store the rainwater and water the surrounding landscape," said Eric Andersen, Southeast Arizona Preserves Manager. "That includes our native plant garden. Without the grant we would not have been able to make this a priority."

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