Ruidoso Downs

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The City of Ruidoso Downs

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



Whenever the weekly average flow of the Griffith Spring drops below 275gpm, or the monthly static level of the City wells drop by 15% or more of the seasonal average, or the current usage meets or exceeds 100% of total allotment from State Engineer's Office, the City Administrator or Mayor shall have the authority to impose Stage 2 Water Rationing.
The following requirements will be in effect:

  1. The City Administrator and/or Mayor will make Public announcements through the print and broadcast media that Stage 2 is in effect. The announcements will include a description of the rationing restrictions.
  2. The City Council shall be called into emergency session in accordance with the Current open meetings resolution after the imposition of Stage 2 to consider ratifying the City Administrator's action or to amend or lift the Stage 2 water rationing as circumstances warrant.
  3. Use of water through a sprinkler system or use of water through a hose to water any grass, trees, plants or other vegetation shall be determined as follows:
    1. Users with odd numbered addresses shall be permitted to use water in the above manner on each Wednesday and Sunday.
    2. Users with even numbered addresses shall be permitted to use water in the above manner on each Tuesday and Saturday.
    3. Watering in the above manner shall be prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  4. These restrictions shall apply to all residences and to all businesses 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 effluent or well water (private or irrigation) are exempt from these restrictions, however these users are strongly encouraged to use water wisely.
  5. No water shall be used to wash any vehicle (including fund raising car washes at commercial businesses), except at places of business where autos are washed on every business day either with attendants, with automatic equipment or by self-service.
  6. No swimming pools will be filled and no water shall be added to any swimming pool. Indoor pools used for medical or rehabilitative purposes shall be exempt from this section.
  7. Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other impervious surface areas with a hose except in emergencies to remove spills of hazardous materials or to eliminate dangerous conditions which threaten the public health, safety, or welfare is prohibited.
  8. No potable water from the City Municipal Water System shall be used to operate an ornamental fountain or similar structure.


Typed Name:   John P. Waters
Title:   City Administrator

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