'It's an amazing job we have done' -- Katherine Yuhas
Albuquerque residents are on a roll when it comes to conserving water. As of Sept. 30, Albuquerqueans had used 1 billion fewer gallons of water than the same period last year, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority said Thursday.
And, water usage is expected to come in at 130 gallons per person per day by the year’s end, a huge reduction from the 250 gallons a day in mid-1990s.
As of September, the Water Authority had pumped 24.6 billion gallons to area homes and businesses, said Katherine Yuhas, the agency’s conservation officer. “It’s an amazing job we have done,” Yuhas said, explaining that some of the reduced water usage is the result of a lot of rain.
Yuhas said residents should cut back on their lawn and vegetation watering to once a day beginning Nov. 1. Because temperatures are cooler, the ground tends to retain moisture longer, which means plants need less watering this time of year, she said. “If the predicted wet winter materializes, plants may require no supplemental watering at all after the first hard freeze,” she added.
If this year’s trend holds, area residents will have used about 33 billion gallons of water by the end of December. In the mid-1990s, water usage totaled more than 40 billion gallons a year.
— Dennis Domrzalski