August 17, 2009

Treated sewage to be used on N.M. parks

A utility official in Albuquerque says parks in the area are among 26 grassy locations to be watered with treated sewage.

John Stomp, water resources manager for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, said a plan to use treated sewage at the 26 locations is part of a $26 million project by the state, the Albuquerque Journal said Monday.

Stomp said the project will help the utility limit its groundwater pumping, relieving the strain on Albuquerque's underground aquifer.

Bruce Thomson, a water resources professor at the University of New Mexico, and water consultant John Shomak have questioned whether the project actually represents a conservation attempt.

Municipal water re-use isn't necessarily conservation, they said.