EL PASO- – El Pasoans may water their lawns at any time on designated days beginning Saturday, Oct. 1.
Time-of-day watering restrictions end Friday, Sept. 30, but the odd-even watering days schedule will remain in effect.
• EVEN addresses: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
• ODD addresses: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
• Parks, schools, cemeteries, golf courses and industrial sites: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Conservation Still Needed
The odd/even watering schedule is part of the city’s landmark water conservation ordinance, which was adopted in 1991. El Paso residents have saved 231 billion gallons of water, enough to fill the Sun Bowl 6,392 times, since the conservation ordinance was adopted. El Pasoans used less water in 2010 than in 1990, despite a population increase of more than 200,000, but water conservation will continue to be important in the coming months.
Hot, dry weather conditions are affecting Southwestern cities, leading to low levels at Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs. which supply half of El Paso’s water. But fresh and desalinated groundwater and reclaimed water are also sources of supply. With diversified water resources and continued conservation, EPWU can produce sufficient water if drought conditions continue, and the city’s water demands will be met.