Water Conservation Meets Growing Demands
Through water conservation education, reductions in the per capita water usage creates a more sustainable supply of our limited water resources for all residents of our growing community. Because it is such an important issue, the City of Rio Rancho amended the Comprehensive Plan to include Water Conservation in 1995 and established a Water Conservation Program in 1998. It became a division in 2003.
Rio Rancho, one of the Southwest’s fastest growing communities, can delay the need for expansion of its water and wastewater infrastructure and related costs through water conservation. Not only is conserving water the prudent and responsible thing to do, it also needs to be demonstrated in order to meet a requirement of the Office of the State Engineer as part of the application process for more water rights.
Watering Time-of-Day Restrictions
Beginning April 1 and lasting through September 30, annual city of Rio Rancho outdoor watering restrictions will be in effect.
To prevent water waste, sprinkler and irrigation use during the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is prohibited. Watering by hand is allowed during these hours.
Residents are encouraged to contact the city’s water waste hotline at (505) 896-8299 if they observe water waste violations. Those who are not in compliance with the city’s watering restrictions will be subject to fees and penalties.
Per the water conservation ordinance adopted by the Rio Rancho Governing Body in 2003 - see below, water restrictions are put into place each year from April to September.
For more information, please contact the city’s Water Conservation Office at (505) 896-8715.
The Water Conservation Ordinance is comprised of three main components:
- Water Waste & Fugitive Water
- Time-of-Day watering restrictions, and
View ordinance in its entirety by using the following link and searching under water conservation or chapter 52.