The City of Alamogordo has been proactive and aggressive in its approach to water conservation. We have received state and national recognition for our successful efforts. Due to the commitment of our citizens, per capita water consumption has been reduced dramatically.
Our highest per capita rate was in 1992, with a consumption rate of 261.28 gallons per capita per day (gpcd). With significant changes in how we all managed this valuable resource, consumption was reduced steadily as drought conditions worsened; and we were extremely pleased to announce our 2004 consumption rate of 121.40 gpcd.
Innovative Conservation Measures
Alamogordo has some innovative approaches to conserving our water resources. We utilize an extensive reclaimed water irrigation system for watering all City green spaces, including:
Water Saving Measures
The Department of Public Safety / Fire Services Division implemented water-saving measures by building a pump test facility and installing an in-ground tank to re-circulate fire truck testing water. A modified surplus tanker is used for hydrant flushing. Water captured by the tanker is re-used in our reclaimed water program.
The Department contracted a consultant to conduct a computer analysis of hydrant flow capabilities throughout the City, which provided an accurate gallons-per-minute measurement of each hydrant’s capacity. These testing methods save tens of thousands of gallons per year based on previous years' testing.
The City also provides conservation education throughout the year to the general public and in our schools. We have conducted a "WaterWise Resource Action Program" pilot project at Sierra Elementary. Students were given kits with water-saving devices and information on how to save water. There were 55 total participants in the 2006 to 2007 school year. Children were pre and post-tested about water conservation information.
Scores / subject knowledge improved from 64% to 99%. 85% of participants reported that they changed the way they use water. Projected annual savings based on the number of households participating estimated that 357,335 gallons of water per year would be saved!
All water reservoirs, potable and reclaimed, are lined and covered to prevent leakage and evaporation.