Become a "Smart" Landscape Professional
The City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Office and the New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance are co-sponsoring Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) training in November 2013. QWEL training provides up-to-date knowledge in water efficient and sustainable landscape practices, including design, maintenance and operation of "smart" irrigation systems, which can reduce landscape water demand. For more information please visit the Water Conservation Education Programs page.
QWEL Training Flyer
CITY ANNOUNCES 11TH ANNUAL WATER CONSERVATION POSTER CONTEST
Public, Private, Charter and Home-Schooled Students in Grades 1-6 Invited to Submit
The City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Office invites all students in grades 1 through 6 to participate in the 11th Annual Children’s Water Conservation Poster Contest. This year’s theme is Saving Water is Always in Season. Students are encouraged to creatively express one point of view about the importance of saving water year-round. The entry deadline is November 22, 2013.
“Water conservation is a critical issue in Santa Fe and anyone of any age can be part of the solution,” said Laurie Trevizo, city water conservation manager. “When we help children understand water as a resource, we get smarter water users,” Trevizo stated.
This year’s theme addresses the impact of seasonal happenings and how less mountain snowpack, earlier or reduced peak spring stream run-off flows, greater summer evaporation loss, drought and extreme weather events all have consequences that impact our water supply sources.
Judging will take place in 2014 and the winners of the poster contest receive prizes and are featured in the 2015 calendar. The Grand Prize winning poster is displayed for a year on the back of a city bus and on the calendar cover.
To obtain poster paper, activities related to the theme and entry forms, please contact the Water Conservation Office at (505) 955-4225. Additional information and directions can be found under Children's Poster Contest.
City Launches New Water Conservation Website
The City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Office has launched a new user-friendly water conservation website to help customers preserve Santa Fe's limited water resources and save money on water bills.
The new site has features to make searching, site navigation, and mobile browsing easier and more enjoyable. The technologically advanced, intuitive design provides quick access to site resources by displaying important content more prominently. The site's revamped search function assists in finding relevant content more easily and effectively.
"The new website is better equipped to make it easier for customers to find the tools, resources and answers they need to save water and lower their water bills," said Laurie Trevizo, City Water Conservation Manager.
"Our goal is to provide residents and businesses of Santa Fe with all the information and resources they need into one convenient site," said Trevizo.
The new site includes tools to help customers calculate home and landscape water use and potential savings, rebate forms, drought updates, regulations, water restrictions, conservation education, and may tips and resource links on how to save inside or outside the home or at work.
To view and bookmark the site, please visit www.savewatersantafe.com
Watering Restrictions Begin May 1
Outdoor Watering Prohibited between 10 am and 6 pm and no more than three days a week
With water restrictions going into effect in May, city water managers want to remind Santa Feans that they cannot water between 10 am and 6 pm and no more than three times a week. In addition to limiting the time and number of days for outdoor watering, city water-use rules - Chapter 25 of the municipal code - also address other water-wasting habits:
- Outdoor swimming pools and spas must be covered when not in use.
- Vehicle washing at residences is limited to once per month, per vehicle, and must be done with a hose equipped with a "positive shut-off nozzle," one that automatically shuts off when not in use.
- Commercial car sale lots and other commercial and governmental entities with on-site vehicle washing facilities are limited to washing each vehicle one time per month except under certain circumstances.
- No one is allowed to use water to clean sidewalks, driveways, patios or other hard surfaces with a hose or power washer.
- Water from landscape irrigation cannot flow onto hard surfaces or neighboring properties.
- Hand-watering must be done with a hose quipped with a shut-off nozzle and overhead watering is prohibited for trees and shrubs.
- Turf grass sod or grass seed mixes cannot contain more than 25 percent Kentucky bluegrass.
- A permit is required for all new irrigation system installations.
Those who violate water-use rules can be fined up to $200. Violations are applied to water bills.
Those who want to report water waste can call 955-4222. To report watering at City Parks call 955-2100.