Water is a quickly disappearing resource in our Chihuahuan Desert environment. Water conservation is extremely important to NMSU. We conserve water in the following ways:

  • Low flush toilets, water faucets, and shower heads are building standards in new and remodeled buildings
  • We water plants and turf at night whenever possible; our sprinkler and drip systems are on timers to maximize water efficiency
  • The Chiller Plant and Central Utility Plant insulate the chilled water pipes

The Facilities and Services Grounds Department uses xeriscaping on approximately 20% of the campus with many more xeriscaped landscapes to come. Xeriscaping is a landscaping method developed especially for arid and semiarid climates that utilizes water-conserving techniques as well as the use of drought-tolerant plants, mulch, and efficient irrigation.





Xeriscaping principles
1. Planning, design, plant selection
2. Soil amendment
3. Resourceful use of water through efficient irrigation
4. Mulch
5. Turf alternatives, such as native grasses
6. Maintenance

9. Rio Grande not much waterWater Master Plan
The NMSU water master plan identifies improvements required to bring our existing water system up to accepted standards and to identify additional improvements required to support the planned developments described in the NMSU Master Plan (Dec. 2006).
NMSU 2009 Water Master Plan




Storm Water Management
NMSU operates a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) that is permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency. The MS4 consists of the streets, drainage ditches, and storm drain pipes that convey stormwater runoff through the campus. The permit requires NMSU to implement a program to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff to the maximum extent practicable.
NMSU 2009 Storm Water Management Program