EL PASO — El Paso's time-of-day watering schedule resumes on Monday.
Each year from April 1 until September 30, El Pasoans are only allowed to water their lawns before 10am or after 6pm and only on their designated days. El Paso Water Utilities released the following guide:
"Watering in the cool of the morning or the cool of the evening minimizes evaporation," said Anai Padilla, EPWU's water conservation manager. "That ensures more of our valuable water actually gets to your lawn."
The watering schedule is included in the city's water conservation ordinance which has been in effect since 1991; violations of that ordinance constitute a misdemeanor and can carry fines of up to $500.
This year, the return of time-of-day watering coincides with the return of EPWU's award-winning "Less is the New More" water conservation campaign. Brightly colored billboards, bus-shelters, and TV commercials <> will once again remind El Pasoans that the less water we use today, the more we'll have tomorrow.
While water conservation is a way of life in El Paso, the region's on-going drought highlights El Paso's conservation success and the importance of continuing into the future. Tips on how to save can be found at LessisMoreEP.org <http://www.epwu.org/conservation>.