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August 15, 2013
Customer Water Consumption Decreases While the Region Remains in a Severe Drought

As Drought Continues Water Conservation is Still a Priority

Even with the ongoing severe drought and 6% more water customer connections, the City’s total water consumption has dropped by more than 3.5 million gallons a day compared to this time last year. However, recent monsoon rains have not been enough to offset the effects of three years of drought on Santa Fe’s water supply and the City is encouraging all customers to continue to be water wise.

“Despite recent rains and cooler temperatures, our reservoirs are at 32 percent capacity compared to 43 percent capacity this time last year,” said Nick Schiavo, City Public Utilities and Water Division Director. “The precipitation deficits of the last three years are starting to add up and the longer the drought, the longer it will take to recover,” Schiavo stated.

The state and region continue to face long-term water supply challenges. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor indicates over half of Santa Fe County still remains in exceptional drought, although the outlook until mid-October shows some improvement in the region.

Customers are reminded to adjust their watering schedules to accommodate for recent rains and cooler temperatures. Year-round watering restrictions continue through October 31st with watering limited to after 6: 00 p.m. and before 10:00 a.m.

“We want to thank our residents and businesses.  Santa Fe water customers have made it a priority to save water. Demand is down and participation in our rebate and other programs are up. Santa Fe water customers know they can turn to the city for the tools, resources and programs they need to save money and protect natural resources,” said Laurie Trevizo, Water Conservation Manager.

Santa Fe residents are true water warriors for reducing their demand during these difficult drought conditions.  Businesses and residents continue to demonstrate leadership in water conservation and environmental protection.

For information on incentive programs and ways to conserve water visit www.savewatersantafe.com.

Santa Fe’s average daily use is 106 gallons per person per day, which is substantially lower than the national average of about 150 gallons.  Santa Fe has achieved its low use numbers through the implementation of 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.

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