County: Locals Urged To Follow Water Rule And Irrigate No More Than Three Times A Week


Community members who irrigate their yards are reminded that Water Rule W-8 is in effect until Oct. 1. Falling under the rules and regulations of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU), W-8 defines watering schedules by the street address numbers. 

“The combination of hot temperatures and a water well that is temporarily offline for electrical repairs is impacting water levels in the wells for our water distribution system,” said DPU Deputy Utility Manager Clay Moseley. “People often assume Water Rule W-8 is only about conservation but in situations like this, it is also about simply maintaining reliable water service for the community.”

Under the water rule, utility customers are directed to irrigate no more than three times per week either before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. If all customers would observe the rule and irrigate within the scheduling parameters, DPU’s currently operating wells would return to sustainable and manageable levels. 

If water levels in the wells continue to drop, DPU may have to turn to costly solutions. Should that occur, those costs could impact future water rates. 

Water Rule W-8 may be found at .