It’s no secret that El Pasoans have taken water conservation to heart. In 1991, El Paso Water rolled out an aggressive conservation program that had residents slashing water usage by about 30 percent over nearly 30 years.
“It’s quite an accomplishment that our community is using less water today than we did in the mid-1990s even though we’ve added almost 200,000 new residents,” El Paso Water President and CEO John Balliew said.
According to El Paso Water, this drop in usage was the result of a “multi-pronged program touting incentives for conservation, education efforts, and a revised rate structure that promotes conservation. However, continued conservation efforts are important for long-term sustainability.”
Currently the average El Pasoan uses 128 gallons per day, and the goal for 2030 is 118 gallons per day. El Pasoans can do their part by following tips to save water, and that means saving money, as well.
El Paso Water’s rate structure encourages conservation because the unit price of water increases with more water use. The less customers use, the less they pay. Getting a waiver for the Water Supply Replacement Charge is another way for customers to bank some savings.
This charge – which is about $10 for the average residential customer – is applied to infrastructure investments for future water supplies. However, the charge is waived for customers who use less than 2,992 gallons of water in any given month.
As temperatures climb, many El Pasoans return to their gardens with hoses in hand. But if they’re using more water, they can expect an increase in their bill as well.
EP Water offers the follow these tips:
Only water during designated days and times.
Water early or late in the day to avoid evaporation.
Put irrigation on hold during windy and rainy weather.
Check outdoor water systems for winter induced cracks and leaks.
Select WaterSmart plants. EPWater has provided many online examples (and photos) of water efficient plants that are well suited to our Chihuahuan Desert environment at El Paso Desert Blooms.
“Simple steps can yield extraordinary results with just a little bit of effort,” said El Paso Water Conservation Manager Anai Padilla. “Everyone can be a thoughtful steward of our water resources.”