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SANTA FE -- The Santa Fe County Commission has adopted a
water conservation ordinance that restricts outdoor watering and
creates a monitoring program.
Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the measure, which affects
county residents living outside Santa Fe and Edgewood. It does not
apply, however, to land designated as a farm or ranch or to residents
who own acequia water rights.
``It's time for people who live in county to become more aware and
participate in conserving this resource,'' said Commissioner Paul
Duran, who voted in favor of the measure.
The ordinance prohibits outdoor watering between 11 a.m. and 7
p.m. and requires county water users to have a water meter. It also
requires swimming pools to be covered when not in use and garden
hoses to have shut-off nozzles.
The measure creates regulations for toilets, urinals, sink and
shower faucets and for restaurants and motels.
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