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How well has water conservation worked in El Paso?

Water conservation (Credit: KFOX14)

You know about some of the ways water conservation affects your life. In El Paso, there are restrictions on the times and days when you can water your lawn during the Borderland's warm months, limits on how you can wash your car at home and higher costs for customers who use a lot of water.

El Paso Water has also worked to educate the public about ways to save water in their homes and businesses and the results have been impressive.

Back in the 1970s, the average El Pasoan used 225 gallons of water each day. About a decade ago, our per capita water use had dropped to below 140 gallons of water a day, and that number has now dropped to below 130 gallons a day.

The water company's new goal is to get below 120 gallons by the year 2030, which would be about half of what it was back in the '70s.

You can learn more about water conservation and role water plays in our lives this weekend.

El Paso Water will hosts its 18th annual Water Festival on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the utility's Tech H2O center, 10751 Montana Avenue.

There will be 42 booths with interactive displays, experiments and games, and its free for the entire family.

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