Public Works

STEPS

  1. Submit an application.
  2. Participate in a water efficiency consultation.
  3. Choose your water conservation incentives.
  4. Pick up or receive your water conservation
    incentives by mail.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Property owners in Bernalillo County who do not receive water service from the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) are eligible for water conservation incentives from the Bernalillo County Water Conservation Program.
  • Customers must receive a water efficiency consultation that evaluates water use and opportunities for water conservation. During the consultation, staff will evaluate opportunities for indoor and outdoor water efficiency and provide the estimated water savings and installation requirements for water conservation incentives.
  • Customers can participate in each water conservation incentive program one time. There is an annual incentive cap per property to ensure that available funds are distributed to the greatest number of people. Customers can receive either high-efficiency toilet retrofits or up to $300 in other water conservation incentives each year. See full Terms and Conditions.

SMART WATER MONITORS

Smart water monitors allow property owners to track and analyze their water usage using their smartphone. They report real-time water usage by fixture type and identify abnormal water usage patterns. Smart water monitors save water by detecting leaks and providing customers with detailed water usage data to inform decisions on water efficiency.

For a limited time under the Smart Water Monitor Pilot Program, customers receive a $25 smart water monitor. The pilot program will offer 100 smart water monitors at a discounted price on a first-come, first-served basis through September 30, 2021. Participants in the pilot program will be asked to provide feedback on the device to the Water Conservation Program. The following options are available:

Phyn Smart Water Assistant

  • Provides real-time data on how each fixture in your home uses water.
  • Notifies you if a leak is detected anywhere in your home.
  • Self-installed under sink.
  • Must have WiFi, smartphone, 3/8” hot and cold water lines, and power outlet under sink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flume Smart Home Water Monitor

  • Provides real-time data on indoor and outdoor water use.
  • Allows you to manage water use with a water budgeting tool.
  • Notifies you if a leak is detected anywhere in your home.
  • Self-installed at water meter.
  • Must have water meter, WiFi, and smartphone.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

HIGH-EFFICIENCY TOILET RETROFITS

Toilet flushing is the largest indoor use of water, representing 26.7% of indoor water use in single-family homes. High-water-use toilets manufactured before 1994 typically use 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush. New, high-efficiency toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush. By replacing an old, inefficient toilet, the average family can save up to 13,000 gallons of water every year.

The High-Efficiency Toilet Retrofit Program replaces high-water-use toilets with high-efficiency toilets. Federal legislation now requires all new toilets on the market to be low flow. The HET Retrofit Program accelerates the removal of old, high-water-use toilets from service.

Customers receive up to two free high-efficiency toilets (1.28 gallons per flush), installed by a licensed plumber. High-efficiency toilets are EPA WaterSense products - they are certified to be 20% more water efficient and perform as well or better than standard models.

Up to Two Free High-Efficiency Toilets

  • American Standard Cadet Pro (1.28 gallons per flush).
  • EPA WaterSense toilet.
  • Available in white only. Options included round or elongated bowl, and standard or ADA height.
  • Installation included.
  • Existing toilets must use more than 1.6 gallons per flush to be eligible for replacement.
  • If a customer is eligible for high-efficiency toilet retrofits, they must complete them before they can qualify for other water conservation incentives.

 

 

 

 

 

HIGH-EFFICIENCY WASHING MACHINES

*COMING SOON: Customers can apply for this program, and your application will be held in a queue until high-efficiency washing machine coupons are available.*
 

Washing laundry uses a significant amount of water in a home. In a typical household, it accounts for 21.7% of indoor water consumption. Old washers use 40 to 45 gallons of water per load. New high-efficiency washing machines use 15 to 30 gallons to wash the same amount of clothes. They also save energy (and water used in energy production), and provide better cleaning performance.

The High-Efficiency Washing Machine Program incentivizes the purchase of the most efficient washing machine when replacing an older machine at the end of its useful life. Customers receive a $200 coupon for a Consortium for an Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier 1, Tier 2, or Advanced Tier washing machine. Through its Super-Efficient Home Appliance Initiative, CEE provides tiered performance standards for appliances. The higher the rating, the better the energy and water savings. In a typical household, a CEE-certified washing machine uses approximately 8,500 gallons less water per year than a new, standard washing machine. Efficiency criteria for CEE-certified washing machines are available here. For a list of qualifying machines, click here.

Coupons must be redeemed at Baillio’s Appliance, Electronics, and Mattress Store.

$200 Coupon for CEE Tier 1, Tier 2, or Advanced Tier Washing Machine

  • High-efficiency washing machine must have Tier 1, Tier 2, or Advanced Tier certification from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency Super-Efficient Home Appliance Initiative.
  • High-efficiency washing machine must be 50% more water efficient than existing machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMART IRRIGATION CONTROLLERS

Outdoor water use accounts for 40% of household water use in Albuquerque. EPA WaterSense estimates that as much as 50% of residential outdoor water use is wasted due to improper irrigation system design, installation, or maintenance. New irrigation technologies can improve outdoor water efficiency and significantly reduce household water use.

The Smart Irrigation Program supports property owners in upgrading their irrigation systems. Currently, the program subsidizes the cost of smart irrigation controllers. Smart irrigation controllers use local weather data to tailor watering schedules to the actual conditions on site, instead of irrigating using a preset schedule. Replacing a standard irrigation timer with a smart irrigation controller can reduce outdoor water use by 30%.

Customers receive a Rachio 3 8-zone controller for $90 (retail cost $279.99) or a 16-zone controller for $110 (retail cost $279.99), plus tax and shipping. The Rachio 3 is an EPA WaterSense irrigation controller that creates tailored irrigation schedules based on weather station data and the specific needs of your landscape, including plant type, soil type, and sun exposure. The controller automatically skips unnecessary waterings with rain skip, wind skip, and freeze skip features. It can be managed from anywhere with an easy-to-use app on a smartphone.

Rachio 3 Smart Irrigation Controller: $90 for 8-zone or $110 for 16-zone

  • Sets watering schedule in accordance with weather station data and landscape characteristics.
  • EPA WaterSense irrigation controller.
  • Manage from anywhere using smartphone.
  • Self-install in less than 30 minutes.
  • Must have existing irrigation system with controller that is not smart (i.e. lacks a weather-based scheduling option), WiFi, and smartphone.

 

 

 

 

RAINWATER HARVESTING

Rainwater harvesting conserves potable water and reduces stormwater pollution in the Rio Grande River. In our arid climate, it is an essential component of a sustainable landscape design.

The Rainwater Harvesting Program incentivizes rainwater harvesting by subsidizing the cost of rain barrels and cisterns. Customers currently receive two, free 55-gallon rain barrels. In the future, the program will provide discounted rain barrels and cisterns in a range of storage sizes.

Participants in the Rainwater Harvesting Program will be required to attend a free Rainwater Harvesting training that provides guidance on how to design, construct, and maintain a rainwater harvesting system. This requirement will go into effect when training development is completed.

Property owners can participate in the Rainwater Harvesting Program one time. For information on where to purchase additional rain barrels, please see our Where to Buy Rain Barrels in Bernalillo County guidance.

Two Free Enviroworld Free Garden Rain Barrels

  • Each barrel provides 55-gallons of water storage.
  • Made from recycled plastic and virgin resin.
  •  Includes brass spigot, overflow hose, and secure, removable lid with screen inlet.
  • 2-year warranty, excluding freeze damage.
  • Must have gutters or canals on roof.
  • Participation in Rainwater Harvesting training required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAUNDRY-TO-LANDSCAPE GRAY WATER SYSTEMS

*COMING SOON: Customers can apply for this program, and your application will be held in a queue until L2L gray water training and kits are available.*
 

Gray water is wastewater collected from the drains of bathroom sinks, showers/bathtubs, and washing machines. It does not include wastewater from toilets or the kitchen sink. Gray water can be reused to irrigate landscaping, replacing and saving potable water. Unlike rainwater harvesting, it provides a consistent source of water for landscaping.    

A laundry-to-landscape gray water system, which distributes gray water from a washing machine to landscaping, is low cost and easy to install on an existing home. The Laundry-to-Landscape Gray Water Program provides free laundry-to-landscape gray water kits. The kit includes a diversion valve, a check valve, an anti-siphon vent, PVC fittings, poly distribution lines, branches and emitters, and a clean out.

Participants in the Laundry-to-Landscape Gray Water System Program must attend a free Laundry-to-Landscape Gray Water System training that provides guidance on how to design, construct, and maintain a laundry-to-landscape gray water system. The laundry-to-landscape gray water system must comply with Bernalillo County Wastewater Systems Ordinance gray water requirements. A wastewater variance permit from the Natural Resource Services Review and Permitting Program is required. Please call (505) 314-0375 for more information on permitting.

Free Laundry-to-Landscape Gray Water Kit

  • Includes parts required for the indoor and outdoor portions of a laundry-to-landscape gray water system.
  •  Washing machine must be installed on exterior wall.
  • Water softener must be gray water-compatible.
  • Participation in laundry-to-landscape gray water training required.

Bernalillo County Water Conservation Program
Program Contact: Megan Marsee, Water Conservation and Resource Manager
(505) 224-2158, waterconservation@bernco.gov
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