Mission & Guiding Principles
The New Mexico Water Collaborative provides resources for the people of New Mexico to facilitate the implementation of water conservation strategies, and to educate our communities about critical water issues.
We are a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the reduction of water footprints for communities in New Mexico. Conserving water is crucial to ensure that water resources are available to sustain New Mexico communities presently, and in the future. Opportunities to conserve and reclaim water are often limited due to economic constraints, especially for underserved populations. We seek to impact the water crisis through the implementation of various water conservation and reclamation technologies. Understanding that the water crisis will not be abated via the use of any one single technology, we offer communities appropriate options to maximize their water conservation opportunities.
Education of all community members shall build a foundation of awareness and understanding regarding critical water issues. Education efforts shall acknowledge the varying levels of current understanding of the water crisis, and shall build upon that base knowledge. Mitigation acts to conserve and reclaim water are key components of a sustainable water plan. Long term sustainable water practices also necessitate education outreach to secure the goal of reducing a communities’ water footprint.
- We are in a water crisis.
- We must stop taking for granted that our water demand must continue to grow.
- Issues of water policy have economic, cultural, social and public health impacts upon our communities.
- The real cost of water includes the collection and the ecological value. Currently, we pay for the service of our water. We do not pay for water itself.
- Water and energy are inexorably linked. It takes water to make energy. It takes energy to pump, convey and cleanse water.
- We acknowledge that New Mexico’s arid climate places limits on the water supply. Consequently, there should be limits on the water demand.
- Water is a valuable and exhaustible resource. We are depleting our reserves of water at a rate that is not sustainable.
- There is no one solution to the water crisis. Instead, the path to a sustainable plan lies within multiple measures of water conservation and water reclamation.
- Significant opportunities exist for water conservation and water reclamation.
- All communities have a responsibility to use water efficiently.
- Water conservation and reclamation should inherently be considered for new construction projects, renovation projects, agricultural projects and existing sites.
- The education of all community members is a critical component for an intrinsic understanding of the water crisis.
- In all its endeavors The New Mexico Water Collaborative will strive to:
A. Advocate for conservation and reclamation implementations to underserved populations, and to economically disadvantaged communities within New Mexico.
B. Educate and expand the awareness about the water crisis.
C. Educate community members of all generations and different socio-economic backgrounds about the water crisis.
D. Engage our youth in an understanding of the water crisis as a foundation for reduced future consumption.
E. Provide opportunities to facilitate the implementation of water conservation and reclamation technologies in New Mexico communities.