Reduce Your Use
Without significant rainfall soon, Stage 1 watering restrictions are likely to be implemented again this summer. Stage 1 limits outdoor watering with sprinklers and irrigation systems to no more than twice per week on designated days. It also prohibits the water waste, such as overwatering that creates runoff or hosing down paved areas.
Stage 1 conservation will become mandatory when area water reservoirs decline to 75% of their capacity. As of May 1, 2013, the reservoirs were at 77% capacity. Residents and business owners are encouraged to adjust their sprinkler systems now to prepare for Stage 1 conservation:
- Monday - No irrigation allowed
- Tuesday & Friday - Businesses, apartments, parks, medians, other common areas may water
- Wednesday & Saturday - Residential addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 may water
- Thursday & Sunday - Residential addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 may water.
- No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any day.
Stage 1 was last implemented from August 2011 to May 2012 when North Texas and most of the state experienced extreme drought conditions. During that time period, mandatory Stage 1 water conservation measures saved an estimated 35 to 45 million gallons of water per day throughout the region.
All water customers are encouraged to continue to be efficient with outdoor watering and to irrigate only as needed to supplement rainfall. Do not overwater and allow runoff into the street or other drainage areas. Properly set and maintain sprinklers in a manner that prevents the waste of water. Inspect sprinkler heads regularly to make sure none are missing, broken, leaking, clogged, pushed too far into the ground, or spraying in the wrong direction. Irrigation during any form of precipitation is prohibited. All new irrigation systems must have rain and freeze sensors.
See our Conservation Tips for more ways to reduce your water use.