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Comment by chantal on May 5, 2008 at 6:59am
In the water usage story, it'd be nice to know if the increase was a result of residential or business usage.

Nice subtle Cinco de Mayo reference.
Comment by jim on May 5, 2008 at 8:23am
The increased water usage "quandary" is indicative of Albuquerque's head in the sand vision. The sprawl development that has been encouraged uses incredible amounts of water for road construction (compaction) and of course for all the concrete work and stucco that follows. Not to mention that all the new home dwellers are not likely being counted into the total number of users yet.
Comment by missy on May 5, 2008 at 9:06am
the water/sprawl thing reminds me of classic sam kinison comedy: "you see this? this is SAND. you know what it's going to be 100 years from now? SAND. nothing grows here! you live in a DESERT! we got deserts in america we just don't live in them!" well, i guess that part doesn't quite ring true anymore...

NSFW clip of kinison (world hunger thing 4:00 minutes in).
Comment by bleve on May 5, 2008 at 9:18am
"The usage targets for 2008 are based on a consumption goal of 165 gallons per person per day over the course of the year. This is designed to keep the metropolitan area on track to meet a goal of 150 gallons per person per day by 2014."

What's the usage per day for large businesses? What's the usage per day for flood irrigation in the river valley? For the golf courses? For the Intels? For the coming Suncal sprawl on the west mesa? I'm sure low flow toilets and limiting lawn watering are sure going to nip this problem in the bud. To have a metric system of water usage based on gallons of person per day is a sure way to muck up the numbers as to not isolate where the water waste problems truly lie.
Comment by Tricross on May 5, 2008 at 10:02am
I thought Albuquerue was high altitude grassland and the Chihuahuan desert ended someplace near Belen. No matter, we still use way too much water and our projected usage is far too high. What is the long term plan for reclaimed water to be used in parks?
Comment by once banned twice shy on May 5, 2008 at 10:18am
The Unsers are complaining about the police being strict in Albq.? Heh. I've got a suggestion for them: try not being abusive and belligerent with the cops and maybe you won't see their "strict" side. Oy.

As for water use, well, here's what I've decided: I don't have any children. What do I care if there's no water here in Albq. for future generations? I get kind of tired being conservation-minded when I see people with children being completely oblivious to any sort of conservation (such as driving your kids to school in the SUV...). So why should I be concerned about saving the world for a bunch of breeders' spawn when they don't care themselves?

I am kidding on the above rant. In that I will still conserve, but damn I do wonder why people with children don't think of the long term effects of their behavior.
Comment by bleve on May 5, 2008 at 10:54pm
yawn... here's something that'll probably float your boat

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