It is legal to harvest rainwater from your residence in New Mexico and in Las Cruces. There are a variety of ways to do this, from capturing water in depressions on the ground, called swales, to capturing water from the roof in a barrel or tank.
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Las Cruces Utilities plans 40 years in advance, continuing to develop and maintain a sustainable water supply through a proactive conservation program using water from three possible sources: Mesilla Basin, Jornada del Muerto, or Rio Grande.
Las Cruces Utilities is a permitted water system allowed only a limited amount of water from the two aquifers. That's why it's so important to save water. Every community is faced with planning for future water use... and conservation is a critical part of our water plan now and in the future. It is vital that we do everything we can to decrease our water consumption. Las Cruces Utilities encourages plumbing fixture retrofits, water saving landscapes, and improved habits to decrease our everyday water use.