2020 has certainly been an odd year. Coronavirus pandemic, school schedules upside down, nothing is normal, but there is one thing that happens like clockwork. The watering schedule from the City of El Paso never changes.

Because El Paso is a desert and we don't get a lot of rain and if you're a gardener, you need to be pretty serious about your watering schedule to keep things growing without wasting water. You can't just water whenever and for however long you want because of how little rain we get. This year, it seems like we had less rain than usual and we definitely had hotter temperatures.

Because of that, there are seasonal watering schedules that you have to follow or else you could end up facing fines. El Paso Water Utilities sends people around during the spring and summer to make sure that residential watering schedules are followed. If you're watering and it runs into the street, you could get a ticket.

The spring and summer watering schedules go into effect from April 1 through September 30. During those months you can only water before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. If you are watering the street, an El Paso Water utilities will give you a warning first, but if you're caught wasting water again or watering on days that don't correspond to your address before or after the watering times, you could face a ticket of up to $500.

The watering schedule ends at the end of September but because we still have warm weather most of the year, it is important for you to not waste water. If you do see someone wasting water, you can report a watering violation by calling (915)594-5508 or click here for the El Paso Water Utilities website.