There’s more to check out at the Mesa Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road, besides books this month. Through Dec. 31, they will feature a 16-foot tall, 120-gallon water jug pyramid display that represents how much water one person consumes each day in their home. The towering display will include instructions on how to calculate your own daily water use and offers many other brochures on how to save water both indoors and out.
“This impressive display illustrates the need for all of us to be more aware of how much water each of us uses on a daily basis,” Mesa Water Conservation Coordinator Donna DiFrancesco said. “We hope this urges our customers to be responsible in how they use water to protect this valuable resource.”
Typical residential water usage in Mesa ranges from 80 to 180 gallons of water per person per day, including indoor and outdoor use. Water use is broken down in the following categories:
- Consumption/Leaks – 5 gallons
- Showers and Baths – 14 gallons
- Toilets – 14 gallons
- Household Cleaning – 22 gallons
- Outdoors – 65 gallons
Wintertime is an easier time to lower your water bills because outdoor use, such as landscaping and swimming pools, will require less water.
As part of the bigger picture, the city wants residents to know about the quality, reliability and value of the water services they receive while underlining the importance of using water wisely. Customers can learn about their water services through the Know Your H2O program at www.mesaaz.gov/residents/water-resources/know-your-h2o.
The display is part of the Water – Use It Wisely campaign, launched by Mesa in 1999 to promote an ongoing water conservation ethic among Arizona’s rapidly growing population. Following Arizona’s lead, 17 Valley partners and hundreds of other cities, states, utilities, and organizations have adopted the Water – Use It Wisely campaign. For more information on how to save water, visit www.mesaaz.gov/conservation. For Red Mountain Library hours, visit www.mesalibrary.org.