Saving Water Will be a Top Priority This Year
The Albuquerque Water Authoruty suggests that we “Water by the Numbers”. This suggests that we water 1 time per week during March, 2 times per week during April and May, 3 times per week during June, July and August, decrese water by watering 2 times per week during September and October and back down to 1 time per week during the month of November. Albuquerque is officially under a Drought Watch after the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s Board voted to put the city and county under a State 1 water restriction.
Under a Drought Watch, also known as a Stage 1 water restriction, the water authority will double fines for wasting water. That means the worst offenders could pay fines as large as $4,000.
The water authority will also offer water conservation classes starting in April. Utility customers who attend will get a $20 credit on their water bill.
Also expect to see more public-service announcements urging city and county residents to save water wherever they can.
Katherine Yuhas, the water authority’s conservation officer. says even these small steps can make a big difference.
“It could save as much as 2.5 billion gallons of water,” Yuhas said. “That’s 7 percent of our [annual] water usage.”
If the drought worsens or not enough water is saved, the authority’s board can approve stronger restrictions. Under a Drought Warning, or Stage 2 water restrictions, surcharges for excess use of water would be doubled, no watering would be allowed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and “Water by the Numbers” becomes mandatory.
The Drought Watch is in effect until the end of September unless the board votes to repeal it.