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ALBUQUERQUE -- New homes built in most of
Albuquerque and Bernalillo County will be required to have
rainwater collection systems under new water-saving
The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
board voted 4-2 to adopt the standards.
The utility estimated the new rules would add $500 to the
cost of each new home, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
The new requirements call for rainwater to be captured
from at least 85 percent of a roof area.
A water cistern with pump will be required for any
building larger than 2,500 square feet. Rain barrels,
cisterns or catchment basins will be required for smaller
The standards also require new homes to have
high-efficiency toilets that use 1.2 gallons or less of
water per flush.
Swamp coolers must be recirculating and equipped with two
speed blowers and low-voltage thermostats.
Turf will not be allowed on slopes with a 5:1 grade or
steeper or in sprinkler-irrigated areas smaller than 10 feet
in any dimension.
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