I have a secret to tell you. El Paso is a desert. That means we do not 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.

In El Paso, you can't just water whenever and for however long you want. 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.

Here are the rules about spring and summer watering that go into effect from April 1 through September 30:

You can water before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on designated days.
You cannot water at your home at all on Mondays.
If your address is even-numbered, you can only water on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays.
If your address is odd-numbered, you can only water on Wednesdays, Fridays or Sundays.

No matter what your address is, 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 can get a ticket of up to $500.

If you have a neighbor who is wasting water, you can report a watering violation by calling (915)594-5508 or click here for the El Paso Water Utilities website.