Big Spring Officially Adopts Summer Water Restrictions

BIG SPRING - The Big Spring City Council Tuesday made official the city's ordinances to conserve water in the ongoing drought and the C.R.M.W.D. 10 percent decrease in water deliveries to member cities this summer.

With an emphasis on meeting the 10 percent reduction in usage, and not so much the writing of citations, the city will begin enforcing the new rules May 1.

The centerpiece is a three day outdoor watering schedule that big spring residents will be required to follow this summer. And city officials say their aim is to keep it simple.

  • Residents with even numbered addresses will be allowed to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Those with odd numbered addresses will water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
  • No watering on Mondays.

The city asks residents to select a time, morning or evening, to water on their designated days. Outdoor gardens are treated the same as lawns with the ordinance. Controlled "hand watering" of lawns and gardens is ok any day, say officials. Indoor green houses such as nurseries are exempt.

The new ordinances have teeth. Fines of up to $2,000 are possible under the rules, but city officials say they are more interested in conservation by residents than issuing citations and fines.

The city also plans to place much tighter restrictions on their own internal water usage.