Rio Rancho to begin watering restrictions

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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