Fall watering schedule in effect for Las Vegas Valley

It’s Labor Day weekend, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority thinks some of you have a little work to do.

The valley’s wholesale water supplier is reminding residents that fall watering restrictions are in effect.

From Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, landscape irrigation is limited to three assigned days a week. Until Oct. 1, sprinkler watering is prohibited from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., even on assigned days.

Mist systems at commercial businesses may not be used until May.

The valley gets 90 percent of its water from the Colorado River, which remains in the grips of a drought that began in October 1999. As a temporary response to the drought, the water authority and its member utilities adopted seasonal watering restrictions in 2003. Many of the rules have become permanent.

Homes account for most of the valley’s water consumption, and landscaping accounts for most of the water used at homes.

From November through February, landscape irrigation will be limited to one day a week.

You can find out your assigned days and get landscaping tips and details about the watering restrictions from the authority’s Web site, www.snwa.com.

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