Residents are allowed to water on the days of their choice. A good rule of thumb is once on the weekend, twice during the week and no more than three times total.
The Santa Fe area is entering into a fifth year of drought after some of the 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.
- Using a hose or power washer 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 955-4222. To report watering at City Parks call 955-2100. Click here for tips on saving water outdoors. Below are some guidelines about water use:
Monthly Maximum OUTDOOR Water Use Guidelines:
Monthly Maximum HOUSEHOLD Recommended Use: