Ahh, summer in El Paso; when temperatures fluctuate between hot and hotter, and what little green we have requires more watering.

This time of the year it’s important to remember two things: (1.) We live in a desert and water is even more precious in our barren landscape, and (2.) You can’t just water whenever you want, there is a seasonal watering schedule to observe.

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Stay Compliant: What You Need to Know About El Paso's Summer Watering Rules

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The conservation measures are designed to reduce water loss that occurs as temperatures rise and evaporation increases.

From now through September 30, El Paso residents may only water outdoors before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on their designated days.

If you have an even-numbered home address, your designated days to water are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Odd-numbered addresses should limit watering to Wednesdays, Fridays, and/or Sundays. All before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

Residential watering is not allowed on Mondays, and residential car washing is only allowed if a bucket and/or a hand-held hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle is used.

Water Smart of Face Violation of Ordinance

Violations of the ordinance can result in a fine for watering at the wrong time, watering on the wrong day, or “allowing water to flow into the public right of way or storm water drainage system.”

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