On Tuesday, El Paso City Council unanimously approved to amend the current Water Conservation Ordinance to improve water conservation at City Parks while maintaining healthy turf at city parks.
“These changes will increase efficiencies with irrigation and the maintenance of our parks that our community demands and deserves; while also being smarter on how we use and conserve our valuable commodity—water,” said Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Joel McKnight.
The amendment was part of a combined effort with El Paso Water Utilities, Parks and Recreation staff, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members and key user groups who develop recommendations.
The amendments allow the Parks and Recreation Department to be separated into their own section of the code and no longer be restricted to just three days of watering, but still be restricted to watering from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Prior to the amendment, City parks were restricted to three days of watering from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. resulting in puddling, run off, interference with park maintenance and affecting organized and individual sports.
Via a news release, city officials added, “These changes align with Goal 4 of the Strategic Plan, which enhance El Paso’s Quality of Life through Recreational, Cultural and Educational Environments.”