Originally Posted by roadfix
I've never been to NM but I've always wondered living/settling elsewhere one day and NM has been one such state, especially in the higher elevations like Santa Fe.
We're going thru water rationing in L.A. due to the recent droughts. Last time we had some light rain was several months ago. Good thing I don't have a lawn to water. Most of our front landscaping consists of succulents. I like that south-western look in landscaping with lots of cacti.
We are doing the rotating water days here and the water police drive up and down the streets and will fine you if you don't obey the rules or waste water. At the moment we are in a severe drought in this area; having only 2.6 inches of rain since January. Albuquerque sits at around 5,000 ft. I have never lived this high up before. One thousand feet above sea level was the highest before coming here when I lived in Canada, then I lived near Boston so that was nearly sea level and then I moved here.
I don't know that I noticed a difference in how I breathed up here on the mesa. It never affected me that I know of. I find as long as I do a 30 minute walk each day I'm fine. I heard L.A. Was also having water issues. I'm glad I don't have a lawn either. It would cost too much to water it.
We get our water bill in once a month and so far we're doing very good. Our water consumption is 1/2 of what the neighbors are using, so we've learned to conserve. I don't use a dishwasher, I try to limit the amount of laundry I do etc.
We are growing some of our own food (in a back yard garden) which is all organic. However this year the yield has been very poor due to lack of rain.
We put mulch down on the ground to conserve moisture and have Xeriscape in our front yard. Which is basically a creative way to use native plants in an esthetically pleasing way. I think our yard looks really nice with the agave, yucca, cactus and other native plants we've put into it. We have drought tolerant plants on the side of the house as well.
Santa Fe is a beautiful city. I love going there but it is so expensive to live there. Fortunately, it's a mere hour from here so we can go visit it easy enough. We live here in Albuquerque only out of necessity as this is where my hubby's job is. We'd love to live in Santa Fe or even Taos if we could afford to live there.