Laurie Trevizo



The National Weather Service recently confirmed that the 24 months between August 2010 and August 2012 were the hottest and driest since recordkeeping started in the 1890s. Despite two years of persistent and severe drought conditions pushing peak daily demands to all-time highs, Santa Feans used an average of 107 gallons per-person per-day in 2011, well below the national average of 150, and lower than the amounts used in most other similar western cities. The gallon-per-capita-per-day, or GPCD, calculation includes not only residential, but also commercial, industrial, institutional and irrigation water use. Santa Fe residential indoor use accounts for 58 gallons per-day per-person, while the remaining 49 gallons is commercial, industrial, multi-family (such as apartment complexes) and public use.


In the face of these climatic and seasonal challenges, our community should be commended for their progressive and on-going water conservation efforts,” said Peter Ives, city councilor and chair of the Water Conservation Committee. “While our water use statistics are among the best in the Southwest and the United States, we must continue to work together to save water and reduce demand.”


Brian K. Snyder, Public Utilities Department and Water Utility Division director, added, “Through good conservation practices and drought management programs, the city is able to ensure a reliable water supply for domestic use and fire protection.”


Customers can continue to save water by taking advantage of rebates and incentives to help lower monthly water bills. The city has several rebates on high-efficiency toilets, clothes washers and rainwater harvesting systems. For more information about water conservation in Santa Fe, including outdoor/indoor water use requirements, visit




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