An Evolving Conservation Program

The Water Authority recently adopted an update to its Water Conservation Plan.

The update sets a new usage goal of 110 gallons per capita per day (GPCD) by 2037. The current GPCD is 126, so a reduction of about 1 gallon per person per day each year is all we need to reach the goal.

This plan aligns with the utility’s long-term water resources management strategy, WATER 2120, in which conservation plays a critical role as we face the uncertainties of climate change and population growth. To achieve the new conservation goal, the Water Authority will emphasize outdoor water savings, where there are many gains yet to be made. Conservation efforts will focus on providing tools for improving irrigation efficiency while maintaining healthy and aesthetically pleasing landscapes.

Conservation Programs

As the COVID19 (coronavirus) public health emergency evolves, the Water Authority wishes to assure customers that it has contingency staffing and operational plans in place to ensure continuity of water and sewer service.

All school educational programs, tours, irrigation consultations, workshops, events have been suspended until further notice.

Please visit www.505outside.com to sign up for the Water Conservation monthly newsletter. The website and newsletter cover topics on watering, landscape maintenance and irrigation system service tips.

If you suspect you have an indoor leak, or if you have questions about your landscape and irrigation system, call our experienced staff for a free one-hour educational phone consultation. To sign up, visit https://rebates.abcwua.org/ or call 505-842-9287 and press option 4. You can also send your questions, along with pictures to AskAnExpert@abcwua.org

Water Waste Reduction Ordinance

Effective irrigation season of 2019 the Water Authority implemented the adopted ordinance. The Water Authority amended the ordinance to introduce an approach that focuses less on enforcement and more on education. Under the updated Water Waste Reduction Ordinance all customers will receive at least one warning notice prior to receiving a fine.

The Water Authority will offer customers receiving a warning or violation advisory an opportunity to receive a free irrigation efficiency consultations to help them identify irrigation issues. The ordinance represents the Water Authority effort to move our community toward the goal of irrigation efficiency!