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Eldorado Area Water And Sanitation District
2 North Chamisa Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
Water Conservation

"Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water."
(Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungarian Biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine)
The Eldorado area is in a semi-arid environment, with an average precipitation of only 12 inches per year.  Residents of the Eldorado area have, in general, been conservative in their use of water.  Household consumption throughout 2008 has averaged 4,250 gallons per month.  We should all use water wisely, especially during hot dry periods.
Not only can water conservation practices help to ensure the availability of water, but reducing water consumption can also reduce the amount of energy required to deliver water to consumers and to heat water for home use.
The EAWSD Conservation Plan describes a cooperative program for conservation practices, involving residential water customers, commercial and public authority customers, and the District itself.  The District is committed to supporting water conservation in the following ways:
  • Distribution system leak prevention and repair
  • Dissemination of information regarding water-use efficiency measures
  • Water-rate structures to encourage water-use efficiency.

For times of drought and water shortages, the District uses a EAWSD Water Restrictions and Alert Management Plan (WRAMP), which imposes mandatory consumer conservation measures.
To assess how much water you are using for different appliances and practices, try out the Water Usage Calculator.
Additional resources for xeriscaping and home water conservation are provided on this website.
Content Last Updated 3/24/2016

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