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April 7, 2014
Santa Fe Joins Nationwide Challenge to Be Most “Water Wise”

Drought resiliency and energy savings through water conservation is focus of 4th Annual Mayor’s Challenge 

Wednesday, April 7, 2014

Contacts:  Laurie Trevizo, Water Conservation Manager   (505) 955-4223 lltrevizo@santafenm.gov

SANTA FE, NM - Mayor Javier M. Gonzales is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water by taking part in a friendly national community service contest to see who can be the most water-wise through a series of informative, easy-to-use online pledges.  Residents can enter by making water conservation pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com.

“Santa Fe’s dedication to conserve water has been extraordinary.  I would like to personally thank the residents of Santa Fe for our continued success with water conservation, especially in this time of drought.  We know just how precious our water is,” Mayor Gonzales said. “Our water-use use statistics are among the lowest in New Mexico and the Southwest United States.  This challenge gives us an opportunity to keep our conservation efforts up and keep our water use down.”

Santa Fe’s long-standing water conservation and drought management programs are the best in the Southwest with respect to both comprehensiveness and effectiveness.  City water customers reduced their water use by 38 percent from 1995 to 2013, from 168 gallons to 106 gallons per capita per day. Santa Fe customer daily residential water use is 58 gallons per person, ranking Santa Fe among the nation’s most frugal cities on water use.

Santa Fe has achieved its low use numbers through public outreach and ordinances that require Santa Fe’s citizens and businesses to comply with water conservation requirements and reward water conservation.

For more information about water conservation in Santa Fe, including the Drought Water Management plan, residential and commercial rebate programs, and outdoor/indoor water use requirements, please visit www.savewatersantafe.com  

The National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes awareness for environmental causes through educational programs and public arts projects.

Keep it Up.  Keep it Down.  Take the Pledge at www.mywaterpledge.com.

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