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Southern Nevada’s summer seasonal watering schedule starts in May

Posted at 1:02 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 16:42:17-04

The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) reminds residents and businesses to change the watering times on their sprinkler clocks in accordance with the community’s summer watering restrictions, beginning Friday, May 1.

In effect through Aug. 31, the summer watering restrictions prohibit landscape irrigation between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday (Sunday watering is prohibited year-round), when water can be lost to intense heat and high winds; to avoid water loss, the SNWA recommends you water your landscape in the early morning hours before sunrise to reduce evaporation.

The seasonal restrictions apply to both turf and drip irrigation.

Over-watering plants and shrubs can do more harm than good. Most drought-tolerant plants do not require watering six days a week and can thrive when watered less often, such as on a three-day a week schedule.

In addition, allowing water to spray or flow off your property is considered water waste and may result in a water-waste fee. SNWA investigators are patrolling the community to enforce city and county ordinances that prohibit water waste. For residential customers, fines range from $40 to $80 for the first violation, up to $1,280 for repeated violations.

Exceptions to the mandatory season restrictions include hand-watering using a hose with a positive shut-off nozzle, supervised sprinkler system testing, and watering new or reseeded landscapes for 30 days.

To learn more about how often and how long to water, and other important landscape watering tips, visit snwa.com.