A Community Toolkit on the 5-Year Water Conservation Plan
Water Conservation Plan: 2020 Mid-Year Progress Report
In this video Water Conservation Manager, Christine Chavez, provides an online overview/progress report as it relates to the city's 5-Year Water Conservation Plan. This is a 2020 mid-year update on Water Conservation Office activities. The comprehensive 5-Year Water Conservation Plan can be found in the following section.
What has Santa Fe’s Water Conservation Office been working on the past 6 months?
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One of the primary goals of the 2020 Addendum to our Drought Management Plan was to effectively collect public input about priorities and projects that the community would like to see in the next 5 years. Last year we developed a new 5-Year Water Conservation Plan Addendum using public input.
We promised that we would keep you informed and continue to ask for your valuable input. In light of COVID-19, we are continuing critical programs including tracking water usage efficiency, issuing rebates to water customers, and sending out continuous flow letters to warn customers of likely leaks. So how can we continue to review our programs and identify emerging priorities during this new reality? Once again, we need your assistance to help us identify emerging priorities. Please take our short 3-minute survey to help us prioritize water conservation efforts in 2021.
How are we doing?
Due to COVID-19, the first half of 2020 has been unprecedented and water conservation is working to adapt, just like everyone else. Ongoing programs that have been essential components of the office, such as the Children’s Passport Program, have been impacted and city budgets have impacted staffing levels and hours. The Water Conservation Office (WCO) is continuing critical programs including tracking water usage efficiency, issuing rebates to water customers, and sending out continuous flow letters to warn customers of likely leaks.
The WCO uses this scorecard to track progress against identified goals. The Water Conservation Committee (WCC) scores the WCO on the progress made mid-year – none, some, significant, or complete.
The WCO scorecard has been an effective tool to guide, measure, and report on WCO projects. The 2020 Scorecard is designed to provide broad guidance to the WCO and its programs, while the 5-Year Scorecard will be the primary guidance document for the WCO during the 2020-2025 planning period.
Water Conservation 5-Year Plan
Last year the City Water Conservation Office held a series of public forums designed to collect public input to help develop goals for its 5-year Water Conservation Plan. This community-driven process led to valuable input provided by many engaged city residents. Learn about the planning process and why public input was sought.
City of Santa Fe Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan 2015: 2020 Addendum
Executive Summary | Click here for PDF
This addendum (2020 Addendum) to the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan 2015 (15 Plan) exists to update three sections of the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan 2015: the Water Conservation Goals, Gallons per Capita per Day (GPCD) water usage and findings of the American Water Works Association’s Non-Revenue Water Audit (AWWA Audit). This report will be submitted to the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (NMNMOSE) in fulfillment of permit requirements and consistent with New Mexico’s Water Conservation Planning Guide for Public Water Suppliers, also known as Technical Report 53.
Extensive public outreach was conducted in preparation for writing this plan and extensive public input was collected through a series of mediated public meetings and through savewatersantafe.com. This input was organized and prevalent ideas were organized into the Public Input Matrix.
Click here to view the Public Input & Planning Matrices
Public Input Matrix
The Public Input Matrix is one outcome of a series of public meetings held in spring and summer 2019. The first meeting was primarily informational and provided background on the Santa Fe Water Division, water sources and distribution system, and the role of the WCO. The four remaining meetings each focused on specific areas of interest to the work of the WCO: residential water use, commercial water use, climate change, and partnerships. A detailed description of the process for these meetings and the evaluation of the input collected, as well as a compilation of all of the public input collected is included.
The WCO has been successful in using an annual scorecard, developed in conjunction with the WCC, for guidance, tracking, and reporting. The 2020 Addendum uses the existing WCO scorecard format to structure the 2020-2025 Water Conservation Goals, which were developed using the Public Input and Planning Matrices.
2020-2025 Water Conservation Goals
The WCO has been successful with many ongoing projects and this 2020 Addendum is an opportunity to re-envision the goals and programs of the office with the hindsight gained from five more years of operation. There are three sources for the 2020-2025 Water Conservation Goals: public input, synergy with other City departments and plans, and opportunities to augment ongoing conservation projects.
The WCO scorecard has been an effective tool to guide, measure, and report on WCO projects. The 5-Year Scorecard will be the primary guidance document for the WCO during the 2020-2025 planning period. The 2020 Scorecard is designed to provide broad guidance to the WCO and its programs.
One of the primary goals of the 2020 Addendum was to effectively collect public input about priorities and projects that the community would like to see in the next 5 years.
We engage our Santa Fe water customers on air during our weekly radio program Save Water Santa Fe. Airs Thursday mornings at 8:30. Tune in live at AM 810 or stream on demand.
The 5-Year Water Conservation Plan has been making the airwaves. Listen to some most recent shows with guests that include Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe City Councilor Carol Romero Wirth. Also, Water Conservation Manager Christine Chavez was a guest on the Richard Eeds Show.