Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Mayor Tightens Valve On City Water Users.(Editorial Page)

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There is a little more carrot, a lot more stick in Mayor Jim Baca's proposals to push Albuquerque residents to cut down on their use of water.

"We live in a desert that's what people have to understand," said the mayor. "Water shouldn't be cheap in the desert."

Baca proposes to boost the surcharge for consumption in excess of twice the winter average for household accounts, increases in the fines for wasting water, and a "hospitality ordinance," which would require customers to request water before it is served in restaurants and would encourage hotel and motel guests to use linens and towels more than one day.

Baca also proposes to give a discount barely symbolic in its size to those who use small amounts of water: The household using 12 units of water in a month (9,000 gallons) would save 60 cents. …

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