Community Driven Conservation

Two years ago, the City of Santa Fe’s Water Conservation Office updated our five-year water conservation plan using public input collected through meetings and online submissions. We promised that we would keep you informed and continue to ask for your valuable input and that’s what we’re doing now.

We use a scorecard to track progress against four overarching goals.

  • education, outreach and communication
  • customer service
  • partnerships and pilot projects
  • effective program management

You can visit to review our mid-year scorecard. Please click on the short video presentation to learn about the scorecard progress and take the time to answer five questions to provide feedback that will help us prioritize our focus for 2022 and beyond. We will be collecting input on our website throughout July and will post the results in August.

Public input directs the work of the Santa Fe Water Conservation Office and several new programs have been initiated to address public interests. The Bees, Trees and Water campaign, along with the City’s new TreeSmart Santa Fe Initiative, are priorities because there is a strong community interest in planting and protecting pollinator habitats as well as in managing the urban forest for multiple benefits including ecological and human health. We dedicated portions of our website to create toolkits around these topics and have a new pollinator resource guide available at local nurseries that can qualify you for local nursery discounts.

The community has also asked us to work more closely with Santa Fe County on water conservation programming. Currently, our office is leading the City’s Water Conservation Committee and the County’s Water Policy Advisory Committee in a collaboration to find ways we can consistently identify and address drought, and to develop joint resources to help all city and county residents.

Earlier this month, the Water Conservation Office and Santa Fe County were co-sponsors of the 2021 Next Generation Water Summit whose theme, “Drought, Growth and Social Inequity,” derived from public feedback. The online summit was open to all Santa Fe residents free of charge to learn more about these pressing issues. The summit included a local expert panel addressing questions from the public related to building concerns and water availability. These sessions are still available for viewing at

There is so much happening, and the scope of our future work continues to expand. If you are a Santa Fe resident, whether in the city or the county, please participate in our public input process and provide us your ideas and feedback on how we can continue to move forward. Visit to engage in our process and to allow us the opportunity to continue to deliver to you community-driven programs and initiatives.

Santa Fe is a regional leader in water conservation thanks to the persistent efforts of our residents. On behalf of the Water Conservation Office, and the future of Santa Fe, thank you.

Christine Y. Chavez has a background in water rights administration and energy and water conservation program management in New Mexico. She is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a B.S. in environmental science and an M.S. in biology. Christine is the manager of the City of Santa Fe's Water Conservation Office. She may be reached at 505-955-4219 or

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