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Bernalillo County’s Water Conservation Program promotes the efficient and responsible use of the County’s water resources.

We do this through:

  1. Water conservation education and outreach
  2. High Efficiency Toilet and Rain Barrel incentive programs
  3. Prohibiting water waste and requiring water conservation for new development, remodels, and additions through our Water Conservation Ordinance and supporting Water Conservation Development Standards and Guidelines
  4. Leading by example by conserving water at County facilities.

For questions or more information about the program, please contact Megan Marsee, Water Conservation and Resource Manager, at (505) 224-2158 or mmarsee@bernco.gov.

Seasonal water restrictions outlined in the county’s Water Conservation Ordinance take effect April 1, and will be enforced through Oct. 31.

The water restrictions include rules for residents who live in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County, outside of the various city limits. The restrictions prohibit outside sprinkler watering between the hours of 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., the hottest part of the day, and prohibit general water waste.

In addition, if the New Mexico Drought Monitoring Committee determines certain drought conditions, additional restrictions may be imposed, including:

  • Restrictions on planting new sod or turfgrass seed.
  • Restrictions on vehicle washing at residences.
  • Restrictions on the use of ornamental fountains.
  • Further restrictions on outdoor watering.

Residents are encouraged to try additional water conservation efforts, beyond what is required by the ordinance. These will help to conserve water and cut down on household utilities costs. Efforts include:

  • Tuning-up sprinkler systems.
  • Checking for leaks.
  • Making necessary repairs to watering equipment.
  • Using water-efficient toilets, faucets, showerheads, dishwashers and washing machines.
  • Ensuring sprinkler heads do not overspray onto sidewalks or into the road.

Unincorporated Bernalillo County residents who are not Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority customers may also qualify for a number of water conservation initiatives, including free and reduced-cost high-efficiency toilets, rain barrels, and more.

To read the full text of the Water Conservation Ordinance, visit www.bernco.gov/water. Make every drop count!



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