Conserve, Reclaim, Reuse: Eastern Sandoval County, NM

The alarming development of having wells run dry and needing to weekly transport water to their homes for some residents in Placitas prompted a request for help in affecting the water crisis in this small town.

The New Mexico Water Collaborative in partnership with the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District is working on an initiative to implement water conservation and reclamation technologies for 10-12 homes in Placitas, New Mexico.  The pilot project will assess the indoor water demand for each home by reviewing all indoor water appliances (washing machines, electric dryers, toilets, showerheads, faucets, dishwashers, and evaporative coolers).  The project will support the implementation of more efficient appliances reducing the amount of fresh water needed to sustain these homes.  It will also determine the feasibility of installing grey water recycling and rainwater harvesting/storage for outdoor applications.

The Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District encompasses the towns of Placitas, Bernalillo and Algodones.  This pilot project will serve as a template for continuing the implementations in the communities of Bernalillo and Algodones.

CONSERVE:

low flow toilet high efficiency washer/dryer low flow showerhead low flow fixture cooling water

RECLAIM/REUSE:

rainwater harvesting cooling water