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.