Rainwater Harvesting Project
Rainwater Harvesting Guide Available!
The Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Project is complete and you can now access the Rainwater Harvesting Guide here. The guide provides an overview of the items to consider when thinking about installing rainwater harvesting systems. It reviews the various sites with systems installed in 2015, including various site conditions, and challenges in determining the most appropriate system to install, as well as pricing information and installers to contact.
The New Mexico Water Collaborative received the EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY AWARD for their work on the Rainwater Harvesting Guide! The Excellence in Sustainability Award is given to one project, selected from over 40 projects submitted to the New Mexico Chapter’s American Society of Landscape Architects design awards to recognize excellence in sustainability.
Installation of Systems
The installations of nine rainwater harvesting systems were completed in September 2015. From the over 300 applications received nine recipients were chosen
- 7 residents and 2 business sites in the Albuquerque area
- Total storage capacity 17,650 gallons
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority(ABCWUA) partnered with The New Mexico Water Collaborative to execute The Rainwater Harvesting Program, one of six programs identified in the 2024 Water Conservation Plan Update.
The programs identified for implementation in the 2024 Water Conservation Plan Update provide all water utility authority customers opportunities for continued progress in the areas of water conservation, youth education, and new rebate programs. The Rainwater Harvesting Program is one avenue towards securing long term sustainability of our water resources. This program will focus efforts towards the practical and viable opportunities to capture and store rainwater for reuse in landscape applications.
“I’ve worked with the New Mexico Water Collaborative for several years and know that they are an important organization for the future of New Mexico’s water supply. Their tireless efforts to bring new, innovative water-saving projects to New Mexico communities should be appreciated by everyone who lives here.”
Katherine Yuhas ,Water Conservation Officer, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority
The first phase of this program is a pilot project to install several rainwater harvesting systems within the water authority’s service area. The ABCWUA and The New Mexico Water Collaborative announced in February 2015 an open application period to all customers of the ABCWUA to apply for the assessment and installation of a rainwater harvesting system for the express purpose of reuse in their landscape. The chosen candidates for implementation should reflect a range of socio-economic settings and varied ecological areas in our community.
The goal of the Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Project is to illustrate how everyday citizens in different neighborhoods throughout our community can have an impact on the amount of potable water pumped, cleansed, and conveyed to support their landscapes. The anticipated water savings shall result in lower water bills for customers. This is coupled with the environmental benefit of reducing the potable water demand for a site’s landscape. In this, both water and energy are conserved.
A newly formatted and updated version of the Rainwater Harvesting Guide shall be created in the second phase of the Rainwater Harvesting Program. The new and improved publication will showcase all of the implementation sites of the first phase, demonstrating a variety of building footprints, building types, and lot considerations. It shall include easily understood text and graphics so as to empower all community members in assessing their own sites for the correct components of their rainwater harvesting system.
The results of the Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Project will also serve to inform dialogue about how to best support our community with incentives. Questions include support for residential versus business applications, smaller versus larger building footprints, and sizing of storage capacity in relationship to the volume of rainwater generated, and determining the true cost rainwater harvesting systems.
The Rainwater Harvesting Program in our community provides an opportunity for the ABCWUA to partner with various stakeholders interested in supporting the goals of the 2024 Water Conservation Plan Goal and Water Program. We seek collaborations with community members invested in a shared vision of long term sustainability of our water resources. As a community we share in our access to this finite natural resource, and we invite you to share in the tangible benefits of rainwater harvesting as one path towards solutions.