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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque area failed to meet its water conservation goal for the first third of 2009.
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority reports that through the end of April, customers used 8.2 billion gallons of water, 174 million gallons higher than the 8.03 billion-gallon conservation goal.
Water authority conservation officer Katherine Yuhas says it's been a dry spring.
But she says people need to save water now to prevent a summer deficit that could cause mandatory water restrictions.
Albuquerque must reduce per-capita consumption in the coming years to meet state permit requirements for the San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Project, which began operating last December.
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