Our View: Save water like it’s second nature

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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 10:00 pm

With New Mexico’s drought situation dire, snow runoff among the worst years ever and no expectation of moisture any time soon, it makes sense for Santa Fe to push for more water savings from citizens. Conserve, conserve, conserve is the message — and we are pleased that the city wants to take that message from individuals to larger commercial customers.

Key to understanding how to save is looking at the gallons-per-day number. In 2012, it was 106 gallons per person per day. That’s low but misleading because it includes all of the city — even hotels with 500 rooms or commercial laundries. A better number, 59 gallons per day for single-family water use in 2012, has been developed. The State Engineer’s Office came up with a water-wise calculator to help cities make it easier for people to see how much water they are using. Now families can estimate daily water use by timing showers, counting laundry loads, dishes washed and monitoring other household uses. With this system, families and individuals can do even more to save this precious resource.

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  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:37 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1953

    Let's not waste so much water just to please the easterners with a living river. Run enough to keep the trees alive.

  • Khal Spencer posted at 9:42 am on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 1566

    Best thing we can all do for the long haul is get a vasectomy or tubal ligation. Too many people, not enough resources. Low flow toilets are like whistling past the graveyard.

  • William Geoghegan posted at 9:30 am on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    BillG Posts: 45

    The Proceeding of the National Academies of Science in 2010 had a series of articles on the future dryness of the Southwest and the forecast is not good.

    Access to the articles is free for those interested.

    Climate Change and Water in Southwestern North America Special Feature (free online) . Go to http://www.pnas.org/content/107/50.toc and scroll down to the articles.


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