City’s water accomplishments in 2020

In the City of Santa Fe’s 2020 State of the City report, there were 10 water-related accomplishments of the list of 150. In the unprecedented year of COVID-19, many city departments have a lot to be proud of. Below are the water-related accomplishments. To see the full report click here.

  • Saved more than 17.7 million gallons of water (a 25% increase from last year) and reduced 1,464 metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent from new single family homes built according to the Green Building Code.
  • Produced an irrigation audit on watering in parks and the golf course that is projected to produce an 18% water savings overall.
  • Finished fourth in the nation for cities of our size in the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
  • Recorded a 30% reduction in commercial water use since the advent of COVID-19.
  • Recorded a “GPCD” (Gallons Per Capita per Day) of 87 gallons of water used per day in 2019, the lowest use on record.
  • Spent $400,000 in 2020 in the Water Division on communication (fiber optics) and logic upgrades in the water system to make operations more real-time and efficient.
  • Spent $300,000 in the Water Division on security upgrades including cameras at remote sites and access control at the Canyon Road Water Treatment Plant (CRWTP) to ensure that the infrastructure is as secure as possible.
  • Approved the development of 40- and 80-year water plans, as well as further assessment of a pipeline to obtain return flow credit.
  • Adopted a stormwater implementation plan.
  • Opposed an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act Rule change that is anticipated to be detrimental to the City’s waterways