Regional
2:28 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Las Cruces Begins Annual Water Restrictions

  Citywide spring/summer water restrictions began today, Tuesday, April 1.The annual restrictions prohibit the watering of outside vegetation between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A watering schedule allows residents with even-numbered addresses to water outside vegetation on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Residents with odd-numbered addresses are permitted to water their vegetation on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. No watering is permitted on Mondays.

Water restrictions are part of a Water Conservation Ordinance approved by the Las Cruces City Council in September 1996.

The City of Las Cruces encourages residents to use water wisely in order to conserve for future demand.

WATER SAVING TIPS

  • Wash vehicles only with a bucket or hose that has a shut-off nozzle so water doesn't run continuously.
  • Water vegetation sparingly so puddles don't appear among plants and water does not flow into the street, alley, or adjacent property.
  • Repair water leaks within five days.
  • Don't wash concrete, cement or other impervious surfaces with a hose.¬†
  • Fix water faucet, toilet, or showerhead leaks immediately.
  • Use the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
  • Avoid running water continuously for rinsing fruits and vegetables, washing dishes, brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Reuse water. For example: After washing your car, use the bucket of rinse water to irrigate a dry spot on your lawn.
  • Take showers rather than baths; the shorter the better.
  • Flush only when necessary. Don't use the toilet as a trash can.
  • Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator; this way you have cold water without running the tap.
  • Insulate water heaters and pipes.
  • Use a compost heap or a garbage can instead of running the garbage disposal.
  • Thaw frozen foods in your refrigerator, not by running water over them.