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Watering Restrictions
View complete ordinance pertaining to watering restrictions in its entirety by using the following link and searching under water conservation or chapter 52.

                                      Watering Times

From April 1 and lasting through October 31, annual city of Rio Rancho outdoor watering restrictions are in effect.

To prevent water waste, spray irrigation (sprinkler or device that propels water through the air in the form of small particles or droplets) during the hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. is prohibited for all properties within the city limits, or that are served by the city’s water utility. 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 the following fees:

• Utility customers with less than a two-inch meter 
    First violation-warning notice 
    Second violation-$25 
    Third violation-$50 
    Fourth violation-$75 
    Fifth violation-$100 
    Sixth violation-$150 fee plus application of a flow restriction device at meter

• Utility customers with at least a two-inch meter 
    First violation-warning notice 
    Second violation-$50 
    Third violation-$100 
    Fourth violation-$150 
    Fifth violation-$200 
    Sixth violation-$300 fee plus application of a flow restriction device at meter

Water Variances
Those with questions or seeking variances to watering restrictions should contact the city’s Water Conservation Office at (505) 896-8715. Permits and variances to April 1 through October 31 watering restrictions are granted by the city for the following reasons:
  • Repair and maintenance of irrigation systems
  • Establishment of newly landscaped areas within the first 30 days of planting or watering newly seeded or sodded turf
  • A single-day irrigation needed for the application of chemicals needed to safeguard an existing or new landscape

Watering restrictions do not apply to water used for dust control or soil compaction, or drip irrigation, low-emitting bubblers, hand watering, or watering of containerized plants and plant stock. Shutoff nozzles are required on any hoses used for hand watering, car washing, or other outdoor uses.

Water Variance Granted
The following variances are granted:
    City of Rio Rancho - Cabezon Park beginning 4/1/14 to water newly planted sod in the lower and upper fields. 
    609 Palo Alto Dr. NE from 9/11/14 to 10/11/14 for newly planted grass.
    1252 Walsh Street SE from 9/11/14 to 10/11/14 for newly planted grass.