Rio Rancho to begin watering restrictions

Stealing New Mexico's Water

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) – Rio Rancho is warning residents that outdoor water restrictions will soon take effect and fines will be levied against repeat violators.

The restrictions begin April 1 and will continue through the end of October. They are prohibiting watering with sprinklers and other automated spray systems between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Officials say hand water will still be allowed.

A first violation will result in a warning for customers with smaller meters, but a second one will cost $25. A fifth violation comes with a $100 fine.

The fines are higher for customers with larger meters.

The city has also set up a water waste hotline for residents to call if they see violations.

Many New Mexico communities have imposed watering restrictions as the state continues to wrestle with drought.

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