The 120 one-gallon jugs on the water tower represent the average number of gallons of water used per person per day in Arizona. How does your water use stack up?

Throughout the month of June, the Mesa Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road in Mesa, Arizona, will feature a 16-foot tall, 120-gallon water jug pyramid as part of the City’s Water – Use It Wisely campaign. The display represents how much water one person consumes per day in their home.

“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 Conservation Specialist Donna DiFrancesco said. “We hope this urges our customers to be responsible in their water usage 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 – 7 gallons
  • Household Cleaning (clothes washer, dishwasher, etc.) – 10 gallons
  • Faucets – 11 gallons
  • Showers and Baths – 13 gallons
  • Toilets – 14 gallons
  • Outdoors (landscaping, pools, leaks, etc.) – 74 gallons

The campaign recently introduced the Home Water Challenge, an educational video that provides water conservation information, tips and helpful links that show how to conserve water in and around your home. Find it on our site by clicking here.

Participants can then input their monthly water use from their utility bill into a worksheet to see how their own water use stacks up to the average.

There are 20 Water – Use It Wisely partners that offer water-saving advice and programs.

By Ian Satter, City of Mesa

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