Aquifer on the rebound

A river-water treatment project and water conservation efforts are restoring Albuquerque’s groundwater levels in the aquifer beneath the New Mexico city. Residents have cut their water use in half by switching out grass for turf and changed out toilets for low-flow plumbing. The city also implemented a $475 million project to use surface water instead of the aquifer. This switch provided 70 percent of the city’s water demand in 2016 and has allowed the aquifer’s water levels to increase.

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