Water Officials Ask Residents To Cut Back In Fall

Albuquerque, New Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) With highs in the 50s predicted for Albuquerque later this week, water officials are reminding residents to cut back on watering.

Katherine Yuhas, conservation officer for the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Water Authority, says plants need only half as much water as they needed in September, which means residents should cut watering times in half. Yuhas says reducing watering times helps plants get ready to become dormant for the winter.

The Water Authority is counting on its customers to use 500 million gallons less in October than they did in September in order to meet the community's annual conservation goal. Yuhas says that shouldn't be a problem as customers have been responsive throughout the drought.

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