ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report by a utility on Albuquerque’s daily water usage shows that the city has already met a state regulatory goal of such usage 13 years early.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Albuquerque’s daily water usage dropped below 150 gallons per person in 2011.
Per capita usage is down 40 percent from 1994 when metro area’s water utility launched a major water conservation effort after experts realized Albuquerque was draining the groundwater reservoir that serves the city.
Daily usage at the time was 252 gallons per person.
The state in 2004 set a legally binding benchmark of 155 gallons per person per day.
Albuquerque was supposed to meet that goal by 2024.