City addresses water waste complaints

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Water woes have plagued New Mexico over the years and city officials have warned people about conservation.

But some residents are upset at how much the city is wasting water and costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Water spews from Mary Fox Park into the street downtown Wednesday morning.

A neighbor captured the video the day after the city-county water authority announced sprinkler restrictions for customers from 11 a.m. to seven p.m.

But problems like this on the city’s part are par for the course.

“We’ve got a large system, we’ve got 300 parks out there, so we’re constantly trying to work on any type of repairs that we need to,” Park Maintenance Superintendent James Dunn said.

Park Maintenance Superintendent James Dunn says some of their watering systems are 20 to 30 years old.

He says they do take into account wind, humidity and temperature while watering to avoid waste.

They’ve even added gravel borders to try and keep water from running into the streets.

But problems always pop up.

In fact, the Water Authority says the city’s Park Management Department has been issued 190 fines in the past year for water waste, fines totaling more than $230,000.

Dunn says the fines are budgeted for and that’s normal.

Meanwhile visitors may notice less grass at parks.

And if there are water waste calls the city says they’ll get to them within 24 hours.

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