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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Despite a surge in population, Tucson
Water customers have used significantly less water over the past
From Jan. 1 through April 30, the 225,600 homes and businesses in
the city utility's service area used 10.471 billion gallons, down 7
percent from those months last year.
About 197,000 customers are single-family homes, with the rest
being apartments, condominiums, businesses and industries.
In all 2006, the customers used 37.3 billion gallons, down 5.3
percent from the total for 2005. That decline came after a severe dry
spell triggered a significant increase in water use in 2006's first
four months compared with a year earlier.
Tucson Water officials and a University of Arizona water
researcher say public awareness of the drought is a major factor in
the recent drop in water use.
A 2006 survey found that 53 percent of 2,235 respondents said they
reduced their lawn size, stopped watering their yards, gathered
rainwater or otherwise changed their water-slurping ways to
counteract the drought.
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