Water Utility Authority offers water conservation and landscaping tips


Before we know it, summer will be here, bringing with it some scorching hot temperatures. That’s why if you plan on working on your landscape, now is the time to do it. 

The Albuquerque area had a great winter season with 150% above normal precipitation for the season. However, as the days get warmer it is time to follow our recommended Spring Season Watering Guidelines.

Turf, for example, requires only two days per week during the month of April. Remember if it has rained more than 1/2 inch you can skip your watering that week.

Don’t forget to service your irrigation system. A single broken sprinkler head flowing at 15gpm will waste 900 gallons of water in one hour if not service.

In order to help customers understand how to correct this and other malfunctions, the Water Waste Reduction Ordinance as been updated.

Over the course of the 20-year history of the Ordinance, the Water Authority identified that 90% of water waste violations issued came as a result of runoff due to overspray, leaks, malfunction, and inefficient timer scheduling practices.

Plant of the Month 

– Whitethorn Acacia, Acacia constricta
A member of the pea family, the Whitethorn Acacia is long-lived and able to survive only on rainwater in the Albuquerque area. It becomes either a large shrub or small tree.

View additional information on water ordinances and landscaping tips at 505 Outside.

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