New Mexico City Steps Up Water Conservation Enforcement

Apr 18, 2017

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The southern New Mexico city of Carlsbad has started its annual crackdown on residents not in compliance with the city's water conservation schedule.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports ( that to save water in the hotter spring and summer months the city prohibits residents from watering their grass on Mondays. There is also no watering allowed any day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. when temperatures reach above 100 degrees.

The water conservation schedule, approved in a 2011 city ordinance, is in effect from April through September.

Carlsbad's director of utilities, Mike Hernandez, says people found violating the schedule will get three reminders before additional violations can be forwarded to police.

The ordinance is part of the city's 100-year plan to conserve water.