No Sprinklers Between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m!

April 1, 2021 – The first day of April means different things to different people. To some, it marks the return of flowers and green grass.  To others, it’s day for practical jokes.  But in Albuquerque, it always means the same thing:  It’s the date on which time-of-day watering rules go into effect. That means sprinkler and spray irrigation is not allowed between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. from now until Oct. 31 in order to minimize losses to wind and evaporation.

Fines for water waste violations – including watering outside of prescribed times – are doubled because of the current drought, although warnings are issued before fines are assessed.

The Water Authority offers these tips to help customers weather the drought this spring:

  • Troubleshoot your irrigation system at regular intervals, checking the aim on sprinkler heads and repairing leaks immediately.
  • Follow the Water by the Numbers program and adjust your watering schedule as the season changes: Two days per week in April and May, three days per week in the summer, and ramp down again in the fall.
  • Irrigate only when your plants need it, and water them deeply rather than too frequently. Use a long screwdriver or soil probe to check soil moisture, and consider investing in a WaterSense-certified “smart” irrigation controller (rebates are available!)
  • Use compost and mulch to increase moisture retention and boost soil fertility.
  • Send your irrigation questions to askanexpert@­, and earn a $20 bill credit for attending an online Water Smart class (spaces limited!)

To report water waste, please call 842-WATR and select option 5.