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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 


Fix A Leak Week - March 19-25, 2018

Did you know that the average household loses more than 10,000 gallons of water each year through easy-to-fix leaks? That adds up to 1 trillion gallons nationwide.

Bernalillo County’s Water Conservation Program and EPA WaterSense are encouraging homeowners to find and fix leaks during this year’s Fix and Leak Week, March 19-25, 2018. Finding and fixing leaks takes as little as 10 minutes and is as easy as “check, twist, and replace.”

Here’s how:

  • Check for leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak. Look for dripping faucets, shower heads, spigots, and irrigation systems. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush.
  • Twist hose and pipe connections. Many leaks can be stopped by ensuring a tight connection at joints using pipe tape and a wrench.
  • Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

This Checklist for Chasing Down Leaks provides more detailed guidance. For more information and tips about how to save water during Fix a Leak Week, go to https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week, or contact us at the Bernalillo County Water Conservation program.

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.

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