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City Surpasses 1 Percent Water Conservation Goal for 2013
The City of Santa Fe proudly announces that water customers in Santa Fe are water-wise and doing a great job preserving our most precious resource, our water. The City reported to the Office of the State Engineer that water customers have decreased average daily water use from 106 gallons to 101 gallons per person per day, a decrease of 5 percent. Despite experiencing three of the driest years on record, Santa Fe surpasses its annual 1 percent water reduction goal.
“I am so proud of our water customers and their dedication to conserving water,” said Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “I would like to personally thank Santa Feans for our continued success with water conservation, especially in this time of drought.”
The City began a “lead by example” water conservation program in 1997, building a comprehensive and effective program which has resulted in Santa Feans reducing per capita water consumption by more than 40 percent since tracking began in 1995.
“Our customers are obviously environmentally conscious and have made saving water a priority--demand is down and participation in our rebate and other incentive programs are up,” said Nick Schiavo, City Public Utilities and Water Division Director.
Santa Fe has achieved its low use numbers through the implementation of educational outreach and a comprehensive set of ordinances that require Santa Fe's citizens and businesses comply with water conservation requirements designed to provide financial incentives to conserve water.
The gallons per capita per day calculation is an important tool for tracking conservation efforts, the measurement uses the total amount of water consumed in the city divided by the total population. The gallons per capita calculation breaks down the different types of water users by sector or meter type with single family residences making up the bulk of the water use followed by commercial water users. The results of the study showed that individuals living in single family homes use an average of 52.4 gallons per person per day.
Meanwhile, the state and region continue to face long-term water supply challenges.
“The precipitation deficits of the last three years are adding up and the longer the drought, the longer it will take to recover,” said Laurie Trevizo, Water Conservation Manager. “During these difficult drought conditions, businesses and residents are encouraged to continue to practice efficient water use strategies,” Trevizo stated.
Santa Feans can prepare and better survive current and future droughts through a range of actions, including installing water efficient appliances and low-use water landscaping and adopting water conservation habits, like not letting the water run and only washing full loads of dishes or clothes. Customers are reminded there are seasonal times-of-day water conservation rules and beginning, May 1st no watering is allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and no more three times per week.
Should the drought conditions significantly worsen over the coming year, the city has strategies for short-term relief from temporary drought-related water supply shortages, including mandatory water restrictions for certain types of water use.
For information on incentive programs and ways to conserve water visit: www.savewatersantafe.com.