Fun for all in an­nual wa­ter sum­mit


The sec­ond an­nual Next Gen­er­a­tion Wa­ter Sum­mit is hap­pen­ing in Santa Fe April 29– May 1 with speak­ers from around the state and ex­hibitors with some of the new­est tech­nol­ogy. It is the wa­ter event of the year, not to miss! Sun­day is free and open to the pub­lic. At the end of the day there will be a raf­fle for a 500-gal­lon rain bar­rel (and de­liv­ery). There will be ex­cit­ing ses­sions to learn about wa­ter is­sues in the South­west. Sun­day will be kicked off by New Mex­ico Se­nate ma­jor­ity leader PeterWirth shar­ing what has been done on state wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and what­more could be done to se­cure New Mex­ico’s wa­ter fu­ture. He will be fol­lowed by New Mex­ico po­lit­i­cal com­menter Laura Paskus. After speak­ers there will be break­out ses­sions, of­fer­ing some­thing for ev­ery­one: • Learn com­post­ing ba­sics from a pro. • Find out how to save wa­ter and money with City of Santa Fe re­bate pro­grams.

• Learn about gray­wa­ter ba­sics and new gray­wa­ter re­bates.

• Santa Fe has a “NoWater No Build” re­quire­ment. Find out how it helps re­duce our wa­ter re­quire­ments.

• Urban food pro­duc­tion with low wa­ter will be a fu­ture chal­lenge. Learn how you can be part of the so­lu­tion.

• Learn about the top 10 eas­i­est and least costly en­ergy-sav­ing and wa­ter-sav­ing de­vices for your home.

• TheWater Ef­fi­ciency Rat­ing Score (WERS) for new homes has been in ef­fect since March 2017. Learn how much wa­ter it has saved.

• Learn about the his­tory and fu­ture of ace­quias.

• Schools are large wa­ter users. Find out how­much­wa­ter the Santa Fe School District has saved and how th­ese sav­ings have been ac­com­plished.

Ad­di­tion­ally, there will be over 30 ex­hibitors to visit. Some of the ven­dors in­clude the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) with hand­outs onWaterSense wa­ter-sav­ing fix­tures and ap­pli­ances; City of Santa Fe, re­bate forms forWateSense fix­tures and ap­pli­ances; the ICF com­pany, re­bate forms from New Mex­ico Gas and PNM; Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege, show­cas­ing its wa­ter en­ergy classes; and the Na­tional Green Builder Coali­tion, dis­cussing how WERS can be used to save wa­ter in new and ex­ist­ing homes.

For those that want to re­ally dive into wa­ter is­sues around the South­west, the pro­fes­sional sum­mit fol­lows on Mon­day and Tues­day. It fea­tures speak­ers from Ari­zona, Cal­i­for­nia, Colorado, New Mex­ico, Ne­vada, Texas, and Utah dis­cussing sus­tain­able build­ing prac­tices and pro­grams. Mon­day’s keynote is Jonathan Over­peck dis­cussing cli­mate-change im­pacts on the Colorado River and on Tues­day U.S. Sen­a­tor Tom Udall tells about his ef­forts to build a more sus­tain­able en­ergy and wa­ter fu­ture in the South­west.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.Nex­tGen­er­a­tionWaterSum­

Doug Pushard, founder of the web­site www.Har­, has de­signed and in­stalled res­i­den­tial rain­wa­ter sys­tems for over a decade. He is a mem­ber of the Santa FeWater Con­ser­va­tion Com­mit­tee, a life­time mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Rain­wa­ter Catch­ment Sys­tems As­so­ci­a­tion, and an EPAWaterSense Part­ner. He can be reached at doug@Har­

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