Regional
4:02 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

New Mexico Starts Water Conservation Campaign

New Mexico's top water official and the state Environment Department are launching a water-saving campaign.

State officials announced the campaign Friday, unveiling a list of ways residents can use less water as the state deals with a third year of exceptional drought.

State Engineer Scott Verhines says making small changes can have a big effect on water bills and the amount of water that is lost.

Officials say homeowners should check for leaks and limit outdoor watering to early morning and late evening hours. They also suggest short showers over baths.

Officials pointed to the villages of Maxwell and Magdalena, saying water conservation practices can help ease the problems that arise when supplies are low. The two small communities ran out of water earlier this summer.

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