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Posted on: July 1, 2018

Stage 1 Water Rationing

Stage 1: Water rationing. Whenever the estimated demands on the system exceed the estimated supply (storage, well capacity and surface flows) such that it appears that there will be a substantial shortage of water over the next six-month period, a "Water Emergency" will be declared. The city manager shall have the authority to impose Stage 1 water rationing. The city commission shall consider the actions of the city manager at its next meeting at which time the city commission shall approve or disapprove the action taken by the city manager. The following requirements shall be in effect. a. The city manager 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.
b. 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 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
4. Owners of newly seeded or sodded lawns or newly planted trees and shrubs allowed under section 28-03-033(2) shall be required to comply with this section
c. 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 reclaimed or private well water are exempted from these restrictions. These restrictions shall not apply to any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of growing or selling plants of any kind.
d. Treated water may be used to fill a swimming pool during the time that the homeowner is entitled to water his/her lawn.
e. Newly seeded or sodded 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, provided the vegetation was planted before Stage 1 was imposed and the time needed to establish the lawn, tree or shrub does not exceed thirty (30) days. Said lawns, plants or shrubs must still comply with the Water conservation provisions of section 28-03-033. No lawns shall be newly seeded or sodded or trees or shrubs newly planted.
1. Anyone who has seeded or sodded a lawn or planted trees or shrubs prior to Stage 1 water rationing shall obtain a permit from the City of Alamogordo for this exemption.
2. Newly seeded or sodded shall mean an area that visibly lacks vegetation. Watering shall be restricted to an area that covers newly seeded or sodded portions of a lawn without extending unnecessarily to areas with established vegetation.
f. No water shall be used for fund-raising car washes.
g. Washing building, decks, 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.

City Staff is closely monitoring the water situation and is working diligently to bring water reserves back up to point where the Stage 1 water rationing can be lifted. The City of Alamogordo appreciates the efforts of the Community to conserve water during this time.

Contact for this Release Veronica Ortega Director of Community Services 575-439-4353

Public Information Office City of Alamogordo 

1376 E. 9th Street, Alamogordo, NM 88310 

Office: 575-439-4264 Email:

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