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Despite record heat and prolonged drought, Santa Fe per-capita water use is still one of the lowest in the West and total consumption remained below a critical benchmark.
The National Weather Service recently confirmed the 24 months between August 2010 and August 2012 were the hottest and driest since record-keeping started in the 1890s.
Despite two years of persistent and severe drought conditions pushing peak daily demands to all-time highs, Santa Feans used an average of 107 gallons per person per day in 2011, well below the national average of 150 gallons per person per day and lower than use in most other similar western cities.
The gallon-per-capita–per-day, or GPCD, calculation includes not only residential but also commercial, industrial, institutional and irrigation water use as well. Residential indoor use in Santa Fe accounts for 58 gallons per day per person, while the remaining 49 gallons is commercial, industrial, multi-family, such as apartment complexes, and public use.
Customers can continue to save water by taking advantage of rebates and incentives to help lower monthly water bills. The City has several rebates on high-efficiency toilets, clothes washers and rainwater harvesting systems. By following City requirements and participating in the City’s water rebate and incentive program, Santa Feans have a positive impact on the sustainability of their water supplies and save money on their monthly utility bills.