Use of water through a sprinkler system or use of water
through a hose to water any grass, trees, plants or the vegetation shall be determined as follows:
Stage 1 Water Rationing.
Whenever the weekly average flow of the Griffith Spring drops below 290 gallons per
minute (gpm), or the static level of the City wells drop by 10% or more of the
seasonal average, or the current usage meets or exceeds 95% of total allotment
from State Engineer's Office, the City Administrator shall have the authority
to impose Stage 1 Water Rationing. The City Council shall consider the actions
of the City Administrator at its next meeting at which time the City Council
shall approve or disapprove the action taken by the City Administrator. The
following requirements shall be in effect.
- The City Administrator shall make public announcements, through the print and
broadcast media concerning the Stage 1 Water Rationing, whenever Stage 1 is in effect.
The announcement will include a description of the rationing restrictions.
Use of water through a sprinkler system or use of water through a hose to water any
grass, trees, plants or the vegetation shall be determined as follows:
a. Users with odd numbered addresses shall be permitted to use water in the above manner on
each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
b. Users with even numbered addresses shall be permitted to
use water in the above manner on each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
c. Watering in the above manner shall be prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
These restrictions shall apply to all residences and to all businesses, agencies, and institutions
having lawns, gardens, trees, or shrubs, and shall be followed at all parks and public
buildings which are watered with treated water. Areas watered with legally
treated effluent or well (private or irrigation) water is exempt from these
restrictions, however, wise water use is strongly encouraged.
These restrictions shall not apply to any person, firm, agency, or corporation engaged in
the business of growing or selling plants of any kind.
No swimming pools shall be filled. Swimming pools that were filled before Stage 1 Water Rationing went
into effect may have water added to make up losses through evaporation or
splashing. Water loss through draining or through leaks in the pool may not be
made up during Stage 1 Water Rationing. Indoor pools used for medical or
rehabilitation purposes shall be exempt from this section.
Newly seeded or sodden lawns or
newly planted trees or shrubs shall be exempted from Stage 1 Water Rationing
for the time needed to establish the lawn, tree or shrub does not exceed sixty
(60) days. No lawn shall be newly seeded or sodden or trees or shrubs planted
after Stage 1 is imposed.
Plants which cannot be kept alive without daily watering
may be permitted to be watered from a bucket, but not from the use of a hose on
the days when watering is prohibited.
- The following restrictions shall apply to all customers or persons who use or receive potable
water from the City of Ruidoso Downs.
"Wasting water" is prohibited. The following practices are wasting water:
(a). Using potable City water for any purpose in such a way
that it flows, sprays, or is otherwise excessively discharged upon any street,
alley or other public right-of-way, ditch or drain;
(b). Failing to repair a leak in a system which delivers water within five working days of the discovery of same;
All swimming pools, which are constructed after the effective date of this ordinance, must be equipped with
filtration, pumping and re-circulation systems. For purposes of this ordinance,
a swimming pool is any structure more than twenty-four inches in depth and
containing more than one thousand, one hundred twenty-two gallons (1,122 gals.)
of water and intended primarily for recreational use.
New or replacement bleeder lines from evaporative coolers shall not be larger than one-eighth-inch inside
diameter. Bleeder lines shall not be routed into the sewer system where the air
conditioner runoff can be used to water landscaping or other outdoor
vegetation, except where this would be impractical or unfeasible.