City Outdoor Time-of-Day Watering Restrictions Begin May 1

Editor | - May 2, 2013

Outdoor Watering Prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and No More than Three Times a Week

From a City of Santa Fe media release

City water managers want to remind all Santa Fe residents that water restrictions begin today, May 1. Outdoor watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and no more than three times a week.

 The Santa Fe area is going into a third year of drought after the two driest and hottest years on record. In addition to limiting the time and number of days for outdoor watering, city water-use rules –Chapter 25 of the city municipal code – also address other water-wasting habits: 

  • Outdoor swimming pools must be covered when not in use.
  • Vehicle washing at residences is limited to once per month, per vehicle, and must be done with a hose equipped with a “positive shut-off nozzle,” one that automatically shuts off when not in use.
  • Commercial car sale lots and other commercial and governmental entities with on-site vehicle washing facilities are limited to washing each vehicle one time per month except under certain circumstances.
  • No one is allowed to use water to clean sidewalks, driveways, patios or other hard surfaces with a hose or power washer.
  • Water from landscape irrigation cannot flow onto hard surfaces or neighboring properties.
  • Hand-watering must be done with a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle and overhead watering is prohibited for trees and shrubs.
  • Turf grass sod or grass seed mixes cannot contain more than 25 percent Kentucky bluegrass.
  • A permit is required for all new irrigation system installations.

 Those who violate the water-use rules can be fined up to $200. Violations are applied to water bills. Those who want to report water waste can call 995-4222. To report watering at city parks call 955-2100.

 For more information about water conservation in Santa Fe, including the Water Conservation and Drought Water Management Plan, residential and commercial rebate programs, and outdoor/indoor water use requirements, please visit