- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernalillo County will be cracking down on water wasters now that its conservation ordinance is in effect.

Officials say the ordinance applies to all residents who live outside the city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance limits spray watering to the morning and evening hours.

The restrictions will remain in place through October.

The county is also encouraging residents to participate in its high-efficiency toilet and rain harvesting programs.

New Mexico is in its fourth year of severe drought. More than one-third of the state is dealing with extreme to exceptional conditions, and that has prompted municipal and state leaders to urge residents to conserve.

In northeastern New Mexico, officials have voiced concerns about the potential for some communities to run out of water this summer.

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