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.