Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced four bills designed to encourage innovative solutions to improve water efficiency. The measures would not only help communities and individuals take steps to save water, but they would help save money and energy.
The bills are based on recommendations made during a Water Conference that Udall co-hosted with N.M. State University in Las Cruces. In 2012, Udall brought together farmers, industry, communities and individuals to talk about New Mexico's shared water needs. Afterward, he issued a report containing 40 proposed actions developed from the conference and related discussions. Udall has worked to advance the recommendations, including by introducing water efficiency legislation in Congress, and by fighting for funding for New Mexico as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
"Water is crucial to our economy and to our quality of life. Our future depends on it. But many of us don't realize how much water we lose simply to leaks and inefficiency," Udall said. "We heard some great suggestions on how to meet this challenge during our water conference in Las Cruces. When communities save water-and focus on how those savings are treated-it is a great drought management tool."
"One of the keys to managing our water future is to simply improve our infrastructure and prevent waste," Udall continued. "That's what my bills are designed to do: improve on what we're doing now - while encouraging communities and individuals to innovate and think about ways we can increase efficiency."