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Byline: Kate Nash KNASH@ABQTRIB.COM / 823-3602
Mayor Martin Chavez has an answer to critics of the city's water conservation program: It's working, but more incentives are needed.
On Monday, a day after some city councilors called for an audit of the Albuquerque Water Conservation Department, Chavez praised the city's efforts so far while introducing plans to push conservation to the next level.
"You couldn't find a city in the country that has moved from where we were to where we are in the same time frame," he said.
To ensure that the city meets a goal set in 1994 of reducing water use by 30 percent in 10 years, the mayor proposed increasing some rebates for water-saving technology, adding a few new incentives and increasing some penalties for water wasters.
The City Council will consider the plan next month.
In calling for an audit of the program, councilors noted that varying numbers for city water use have been put …