ALBUQUERQUE, APRIL 1--Customers of the Water Authority are reminded that sprinkler irrigation is not allowed between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the spring and summer months.
Those who water during prohibited times face water waste fines for each violation. Fines start at $20 for a first offense and are based on the number of violations received by the individual customer in the past five years.
“The reason for this time-of-day restriction is that we want people to water when it will do the most good,” explained Katherine Yuhas, the Water Authority’s Conservation Officer. She said that when landscapes are watered during the hottest and windiest part of the day, only about half of the water actually reaches the ground. The other half evaporates.
The Water Authority also assesses fines for other types of water waste, and recommends that businesses and residents take the following precautions:
- Make sure sprinklers are not overflowing or over spraying onto sidewalks, driveways and other hard surfaces;
- Check sprinklers to make sure they are working correctly. Property owners are required to repair malfunctions within 48 hours to avoid fines;
- Instead of washing your car at home, use a commercial car wash. If you do wash your car at home, use a shut-off nozzle and contain all water on your own property;
- Clean dry waste off sidewalks and driveways with a broom or power blower instead of a hose; and
- If you are draining a pool, spa or other water storage device, use the sanitary sewer cleanout. A cleanout is usually located within 10 feet of a typical home, between the building and the municipal sewer line.
Time-of-day watering restrictions will remain in effect through October 31. People observing water waste are encouraged to report it by calling 842-WATR or submitting a report online.