New water use rules coming

By Dianne Stallings

Stiffer penalties may lie ahead for water users who violate Ruidoso’s drought conservation rules.

Village councilors Tuesday set Feb. 28, as the date for a public hearing to look at changes in the village ordinance governing water conservation that would simplify the phases, define penalties, impose a surcharge on high water use, enforce a requirement to install water shutoff valves on the customer side of water meters and establish specific criteria for restoring service after a customer-requested shutoff.

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