Conservation Counts for EPWater Customers

Conservation Counts for EPWater Customers
Posted on 04/27/2018
EPWater's Desert Blooms website provides tips  to find WaterSmart plants for the Chihuahuan Desert.

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.

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, too!

Control Your Bill

Customers who reduce water consumption can see an impact on their monthly bill, too.

Our rate structure encourages conservation because the unit price of water increases with more water use. The less you use, the less you pay.

Getting a waiver for the Water Supply Replacement Charge is another way 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.

Outdoor Conservation Tips

As temperatures climb, many El Pasoans return to their gardens with hoses in hand. But if you’re using more water, you can expect an increase in your bill as well.

Follow these tips:

  • Only water during designated days and times.
  • Water early or late in the day to avoid evaporation.
  • Put your irrigation on hold during windy and rainy weather.
  • Check your 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."

For more indoor and outdoor tips, go to EPWater’s Conservation page at www.EPWater.org/Conservation, or click here to watch our Conservation Hero video series.

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