POSTED: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 7:43pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:10pm
EL PASO - This time of year, irrigation districts look at the water behind the Elephant Butte dam and determine how much water will be available for irrigation. Last year, that initial amount was the lowest since the 1950s, and with continuing drought, this year's allotment may be just as low, or lower.
Fortunately, El Paso's drinking water supplies are not as subject to the extremes of weather. El Paso Water Utilities began a water preservation program in the early 90s to replenish groundwater aquifers, to provide a more effective buffer in very dry seasons and to allow for continued population growth and growing water demands. Water restrictions, water recycling and desalination have been effective and as of now, even with continued drought, there are no plans to impose additional water restrictions.
However, EP Water Utilities will soon start a campaign to encourage smart water use in El Paso households. Stuffed inside water bills will be coupons for free low-flow shower heads and other water conserving tips.