Ruidoso Downs

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City of Ruidoso Downs
P.O. Box 348 122 Downs Drive
Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346
Phone: 505.378.4422
FAX: 505.378.4586



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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


  1. The following restrictions shall apply to all customers or persons who use or receive potable water from the City of Ruidoso Downs.

  2. "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;
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

For a complete copy of Ordinance 2002-06, Water Conservation Plan, please inquire with the Water Department.


Typed Name:   John P. Waters
Title:   City Administrator

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