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POSTED: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 4:25pm

UPDATED: Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 3:54pm

For code violation inspectors, the summer months mean more inspections, and possible water use code violations. 

Inspectors, like Hector Estrada, visit homes and issue warnings and citations to those who violate the code. 

Violations can result in a class c citation and can include watering on a non-designated day, or time, over using water to wash cars, letting water run off onto the street, or a water leak. 

The fine is $100 to $500. 

"[Residents] are surprised... and unaware of the type of problem they might have," Estrada said.

"That's why we do leave them a notice. Sometimes they do get a little upset because they don't think it's a violation," he said. 

In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, there were issued 1065 warnings, 568 door hangers, and 25 citations. 

Officials with the water conservation department said El Paso has grown to be a water conscious community.

Sara Peidle, a resident in far East El Paso, said she becomes more conscious about water use when the weather gets warmer. 

"We do try to make sure we water when it's still dark outside so that way once the sun comes out, it doesn't just all evaporate," Peidle said. 

"We're actually leaders in conservation and a lot of the cities in Texas that are going through a drought are actually calling us to find out how we did it," said Anai Padilla, water conservation manager. 

Things to remember: 

Even numbered addresse should water on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. 

Odd numbered addresses should water on Wednesdays, Fridays or Sundays. 

From April 1 to September 30, water should be done before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

When washing vehicles, the hose should only be turned on to rinse. 

Leaks need to be fixed within 5 working days. 

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