Rainwater Harvesting Project
Phase Two Underway!
Phase Two of the Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Project is the development of The Rainwater Harvesting Guide. The guide will highlight the nine sites in the Albuquerque area that received rainwater harvesting systems installed in their homes or place of business in 2015. This provides insight to the various conditions and challenges in determining the most appropriate system to install, as well as pricing information and installers who install these systems.
The Guide will also help you assess considerations for a rainwater harvesting system in your home or place of business including:
- What size of cistern do I need?
- Where will it be located on my property?
- Who do I hire to install a system?
- How much water does my landscape need?
- Will the cistern look attractive?
- Can we place a tank underground?
The Rainwater Harvesting Guide published by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and will be available early 2017 and free to the public!
Phase One Complete!
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.