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Innovative Water Conservation Measures in Alamogordo

April 09, 2008

Alamogordo (New Mexico, U.S.A.) has some innovative approaches to conserving water resources.

These innovative measures are as follows:

1.  The City utilizes an extensive reclaimed water irrigation system for watering all City green spaces, including parks, ball fields, the zoo, the golf course, and the cemetery.

2.  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 the 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 upon previous years’ testing.

3.  The City also provides conservation education throughout the year to the general public and in our schools. They 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 2006-2007 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 1.35 million litres (357,335 gallons) of water per year would be saved.

4.  All water reservoirs, potable and reclaimed, are lined and covered to prevent leakage and evaporation.

ICLEI has an international freshwater Water Campaign that aims to build the capacity of local governments to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality.  For more information on ICLEI’s Water Campaign, please visit www.iclei.org/water.

Alamogordo is one of 325 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit the ICLEI USA Office at www.iclei.org/usa.

Source:  City of Alamogordo website at www.ci.alamogordo.nm.us.

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