There's more to check out at the Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St., besides books (audiobooks, movies, and more) this month. From now thru the end of November, the library 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 water leak detection guides and many other free booklets on how to save water.
"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 more mindful of how they use water in their household and to learn about the easy ways to reduce their use in order to protect this valuable resource."
Typical residential water usage in Mesa ranges from 90 to 190 gallons of water per person per day, including indoor and outdoor use. Water use is broken down in the following categories:
During the summer, water bills reach their highest due to outdoor use such as landscaping and swimming pools. By November, if homeowners do not overseed their lawns with winter grass, their water use should be much lower. The City is promoting the value of water in everyday life and raising public awareness about water conservation while underlining the importance of using water wisely. The best part is that the action of reducing water use will not only lower our customers water bills but will also save them money.
The water tower display travels to city halls, libraries, community centers, and other locations across the valley each month. It 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. Today, twenty partners drive Arizona's coalition, sharing a commitment to sustaining our most precious resource by reducing water use.
The Water - Use It Wisely display is just one of many exhibits taking place this month in Mesa that will focus on water and climate. Don't miss these additional ongoing exhibits at Mesa's Riverview Park and at downtown museums:
Water = Life Opening Celebration: Sat. Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Discover, explore and celebrate the history and future of water in the Valley at the kickoff event for a 9-day public art installation. The free Saturday event will include art, live performances, interactive chalk art, mobile screen printing, live painting, demonstrations, food trucks, and more. Mesa Riverview Park, 2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway.
Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere: Through January 19, 2020. Youth and adults can experience the wonder and artistry of weather - with a special emphasis on water and sustainability. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl.
Flora & Fauna: Botanicals and Animals in Contemporary Art: Through January 26, 2020. This exhibition celebrates nature and its enduring influence in art. Much of the art reflects climate change discourse and global movements to raise awareness about the human impact on the planet. Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 1 E. Main St. Free admission.
For more information on how to save water, visit www.mesaaz.gov/conservation.
Environmental Management & Sustainability
Contact: Mariano Reyes