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We are committed to protect the Water Resources of Bernalillo County.

Bernalillo County is developing incentive programs to help residents save water.

Bernalillo County Water Restrictions to Take Effect April 1

Seasonal water restrictions outlined in the county’s Water Conservation Ordinance take effect Friday, April 1, and will be enforced through Oct. 31.

The water restrictions include rules for residents who live in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County, outside of the various city limits. The restrictions prohibit outside sprinkler watering between the hours of 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., the hottest part of the day, and prohibit general water waste.

In addition, if the New Mexico Drought Monitoring Committee determines certain drought conditions, additional restrictions may be imposed, including:

  • Restrictions on planting new sod or turfgrass seed.
  • Restrictions on vehicle washing at residences.
  • Restrictions on the use of ornamental fountains.
  • Further restrictions on outdoor watering.

Residents are encouraged to try additional water conservation efforts, beyond what is required by the ordinance. These will help to conserve water, and may cut down on household utilities costs. Efforts include:

  • Tuning-up sprinkler systems.
  • Checking for leaks.
  • Making necessary repairs to watering equipment.
  • Using water-efficient showerheads.
  • Ensuring sprinkler heads do not overspray onto sidewalks or into the road.

Unincorporated Bernalillo County residents who are not Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority customers may also qualify for a number of water conservation initiatives, including free and reduced-cost high-efficiency toilets, rain barrels, and more.

For more tips on water conservation, how to fix leaks, county conservation programs and to read the full text of the Water Conservation Ordinance, visit www.bernco.gov/water. Make every drop count!

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