Earth Wise

Water in the Desert

We learned a lot about water use in the 505 when we investigated who sucked up the most agua last summer.

Conservation in the desert isn’t about turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth (which you should definitely do). The landscaping of private homes, commercial enterprises and large public facilities consumes millions of gallons.

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority launched a free training program, Agua Savio, which will teach landscapers to “design, install and maintain water-efficient landscapes.” Water Conservation Officer Katherine Yuhas says it’s good for business. Training in efficiency along with up-to-date tech and ideas can be a big selling point for a contractor, she points out. “We hope that eventually all landscape contractors will complete this course, because we are confident it will be beneficial to their staff and to their customers.”

Classes are available in English and Spanish. People can set up courses at their convenience or participate in scheduled classes.

These businesses have already completed the program:

Anything Sprinklers, 11920 Menaul NE

Lawn Rangers, 4915 Paseo del Norte NE

Buildology, 3601 Pan American Freeway NE

Heads Up Landscaping, 725 Second Street NW

Nique’Scapes, 1113 Edith NE

Groundskeeper, 5670 Pino NE

Call (505) 888-1722 for more.