The seasonal time-of-day watering schedule for outdoor irrigation goes into effect on Saturday, April 1 and continues through September 30. Watering will be permitted before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on designated days.
El Paso’s landscape watering regulations are included in the City’s water conservation ordinance:
- No Residential Watering: Mondays
- Even-Numbered Addresses: Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays
- Odd-Numbered Addresses: Wednesdays, Fridays or Sundays
- Water is allowed before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Violations are considered a Class C misdemeanor that can result in fines of up to $500. To report violations of the ordinance contact 594-5500 or visit epwu.org under the “conservation” tab.
New water rates went into effect in March. As water consumption and outdoor watering goes up with higher temperatures, customers are likely to see higher bills. Customers are encouraged to curb consumption to reduce bills.
To help customers reduce unnecessary water use, EPWater will share water conservation and irrigation efficiency methods at its free “Sprinkler Spruce Up” seminar this Saturday, April 1 from 11 am to 12 pm at the TecH2O Center, located at 10751 Montana.
Adjusting sprinklers through proper angling and spacing can reduce the time needed for irrigation. Conversely, improperly positioned sprinklers can contribute to uneven watering and shallow roots, which are more susceptible to drought conditions. The workshop will also offer tips on how to identify leaks in your irrigation system.
Since 1991, El Paso has reduced its overall per capita water consumption by more than 30 percent from 205 gallons per person per day to 129 gallons per person per day today.
The utility has a target to reduce water consumption further to 118 gallons per person per day by 2030.