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(sec­ond high­est only to Seat­tle at $55.25); 100 g/p/d—$153.78 (Seat­tle came in sec­ond at $98.77); and 150 g/p/d—$284.10 (with Seat­tle sec­ond at $153.22). Of the cities sur­veyed, three oth­ers (Los An­ge­les, Salt Lake City and San An­to­nio) were in­cluded with Santa Fe and Seat­tle in the “Sea­sonal In­creas­ing Block” cat­e­gory.

To put th­ese num­bers in per­spec­tive, the re­cently com­pleted 2013 An­nual Wa­ter Re­port listed the av­er­age con­sump­tion for Santa Fe res­i­dents to be 101 gal­lons per capita per day (gpcd), which com­pares fa­vor­ably to the past few years (103 gpcd in 2009, 104 in 2010, 107 in 2011, and 106 in 2012). All cal­cu­la­tions are based on Of­fice of the State En­gi­neer method­ol­ogy. Whereas th­ese are dra­matic drops from the 1995 daily con­sump­tion of 168 gpcd, we do seem to be bounc­ing along a base­line with­out dra­matic re­cent de­creases.

Mayor Javier Gon­za­les was re­cently in­ter­viewed by Na­tional Public Ra­dio’s Melissa Block re­gard­ing the im­pact of Santa Fe’s tiered-pric­ing wa­ter rates. He ex­plained the pric­ing based on vol­ume and also men­tioned the high public aware­ness of the need for wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and the roles of toi­let retrofits and re­bates in re­duc­ing con­sump­tion. Tiered wa­ter rates are ef­fec­tive May 1 to Aug. 31 and daily re­stricted wa­ter­ing hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) are ef­fec­tive May 1 to Oct. 31.

A re­cen­tWash­ing­ton Post ar­ti­cle reprinted in The Santa Fe New Mex­i­can chron­i­cled the de­clin­ing lev­els of the Colorado River and the po­ten­tial im­pact on the seven states that use wa­ter from the Colorado. An on­line re­spon­dent asked why New Mex­ico was in­cluded in the list of seven. The Bureau of Recla­ma­tion’s San Juan-Chama Project (SJ-CP) pro­vides about two-thirds of the to­tal 8,720 acrefeet per year per­mit­ted for the Buck­man di­rect di­ver­sion (BDD) project. The city’s an­nual share of BDD wa­ter (5,230 acrefeet) con­sists en­tirely of SJ-CP wa­ter from the Colorado River Basin. If you are look­ing for more rea­sons to con­serve wa­ter, the first short­fall (11 per­cent) in 40 years of SJ-CP his­tory oc­curred in 2014 and the Bureau of Recla­ma­tion is pre­dict­ing even greater cut­backs in 2015.

StephenWi­man has a back­ground in earth science (M.S. and Ph.D. in ge­ol­ogy). He is the owner of Good­Wa­ter Com­pany, a mem­ber of the City of Santa Fe’sWa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Com­mit­tee and he serves on the Board of the Santa FeWater­shed As­so­ci­a­tion. He may be reached at 505.471.9036 and skwiman@good­wa­ter­com­pany.com.

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