Albuquerque service checks for wasted water, money

Updated: 08/19/2014 7:47 PM | Created: 08/19/2014 7:46 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque man who contracts with the water authority has gone all over the metro area looking for water problems at homes, businesses and apartments.

Richard Chapman pointed out a home in northeast Albuquerque whose residents have been using about 6000 gallons of water a month, who is now up to 22,000.

But the man who lives at the home insists there's no way he used that much water.

Chapman checks out the house, and finds everything inside is using the amount it should be.

But outside, he finds a leak, which could be wasting thousands of gallons of water.

Richard says these cases are quite common – people having a problem they simply didn't know about.

KOB learned the top water users in Albuquerque are in the Northeast Heights and Four Hills areas.

Chapman advises residents to look at their bill and compare the last few months to be sure they haven't been wasting water and money.

The service is free, all Albuquerque residents have to do is call the Water Authority.

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