City officials are encouraging residents to heed local water conservation ordinances that limit outdoor watering.
"Lubbock has plenty of water to take care of our needs today, but it is absolutely essential that we carefully manage and conserve our existing water resources," said Sandra Offutt, education coordinator for the City of Lubbock water utilities department.
Lubbock is currently in Stage 1 of the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan which limits watering to two days per week with 1.5 inches of water between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. while avoiding significant runoff. Watering lawns in the early morning and evening reduces the amount of evaporation.
"The goal of our community should be to ensure that every drop counts and is used for a beneficial purpose," said Offutt.
A violation of the ordinance could result in fines up to $200 per day, according to Stuart Walker, director of codes enforcement for the City.
"We will be issuing citations for violations of the water conservation code," said Walker. "For the past year, we have worked to educate property owners about the ordinance and answer questions regarding violations."
The most common violations observed by code enforcement officers include watering outside of prescribed time and faulty or broken irrigation equipment.
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