- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Water use in New Mexico’s largest city is on pace for a record low this year, and utility officials want residents stay on track.

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is asking customers to ramp down outdoor watering to twice a week starting this month and once a month in November until the first hard freeze hits.

Utility conservation officer Katherine Yuhas says landscapes need less water in the fall because temperatures drop and soil retains moisture longer.

Yuhas says this year’s conservation numbers have been helped by a robust monsoon season. Drought has plagued much of New Mexico in recent years.

For the 2014 fiscal year, water use among customers was the lowest since 1983. Yuhas says that’s impressive given how much the population has grown since then.

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