Water Conservation

New Mexico – The Albuquerque area has surpassed its water conservation goal for July despite little rainfall.

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority says customers used 18.39 billion gallons of water through the end of July. That's 749 million gallons under the year-to-date conservation goal of 19.14 billion gallons.

The water authority's conservation officer, Katherine Yuhas, said this is a significant achievement considering the lack of rain. She said the utility's water by numbers system is working.

Under the program, customers pick their own days to water while limiting landscape irrigation to once a week in March, twice a week in April and May, three times a week in June, July and August, twice a week in September and October and once a week in November.

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