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Bernalillo County’s Water Conservation Program promotes the efficient and responsible use of the County’s water resources.

We do this through:

  1. Water conservation education and outreach
  2. High-Efficiency Toilet Retrofit and Rain Barrel incentive programs
  3. Prohibiting water waste and requiring water conservation for new development, remodels, and additions through our Water Conservation Ordinance and supporting Water Conservation Development Standards and Guidelines
  4. Leading by example by conserving water at County facilities.

 

Water Conservation Tips 

 

Take the 40-Gallon Challenge

Throughout 2018, Bernalillo County Natural Resources Services will be using the County newsletter, its web site, and social media to provide information on how County residents can protect our natural resources. In January, we focus on simple changes you can make to your daily routine to save water. We’ve gotten feedback that residents already know that it’s important to conserve our limited water resources, but they want information on how to conserve.

The 40 Gallon Challenge is a multi-state campaign that challenges residents to conserve at least 40 gallons of water per day. It illustrates how much water you can save DAILY if you:

  •  Shorten showers by 2 minutes – 5 gallons
  •  Install low-flow faucet aerators on 3 kitchen or bathroom faucets – 14 gallons
  •  Add mulch around 1000 square feet of trees and plants – 25 gallons
  •  Fix a leaky toilet – 30 gallons
  •  PLUS many more examples!

Take the pledge to adopt changes to the way you use water in 2018.

Click on the image above to learn even more. 


Use Water-Efficient Fixtures

Does it make sense to switch to water-efficient fixtures and appliances in your home? In this month’s bulletin on protecting Bernalillo County’s natural resources, we compare the costs and water savings achieved by installing water-efficient products in your home.

Look for the WaterSense and Energy Star Labels

First, how do you know whether a product is designed to conserve water? Look for the WaterSense or EnergyStar label. The EPA created these labels to make it easy for consumers to identify efficient products. You can find these labels on products offered through any commercial retailer.

  • WaterSense-labeled products are independently certified to use at least 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models. Fixtures such as toilets, faucets, and showerheads qualify for WaterSense certification.
  • Energy Star-labeled products are independently certified to save energy without sacrificing performance. Energy Star certifies a wide range of products, include appliances that use water such as dishwashers and washing machines. In these cases, Energy Star appliances use less energy AND water. For example, Energy Star washing machines use about 25% less energy and 45% less water than regular washers.

Replacing Bathroom Fixtures: Example Costs/Savings

Let’s look at an example of the water and money that can be saved by replacing old, high-water-use bathroom fixtures. Bathrooms are by far the largest water users in the home, accounting for 60 percent of all indoor water use. An important recent study showed that replacing high-water-use toilets is a key strategy to stretch available water supplies nationwide.

Installing a WaterSense-labeled toilet, faucet aerator, and showerhead can save your household about 10,000 gallons of water per year. That translates to about $150 annually in utility bills. Considering their costs, replacing these fixtures pays for itself in as little as one year.

Free/Discounted Water-Efficient Fixtures and Appliances

Bernalillo County residents can qualify for free or discounted water-efficient fixtures and appliances.

Take advantage of these water conservation incentive programs to upgrade your home and conserve our water resources. The actions we take as individuals make a difference.


Bernalillo County Water Conservation Program
Program Contact: Megan Marsee, Water Conservation and Resource Manager
(505) 224-2158, mmarsee@bernco.gov
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