Water Conservation Plan
The city's Water Conservation Plan was updated in 2014 in accordance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) guidelines and requirements, making the maximum twice per week watering schedule permanent. The plan's objectives are:
- To reduce water consumption from the levels that would prevail without conservation efforts;
- To reduce the loss and waste of water;
- To improve efficiency in the use of water;
- Encourage efficient outdoor water use;
- To extend the life of current water supplies by reducing the rate of growth in demand;
- To educate the citizens about the need for water conservation and the benefits of conserving our most valued natural resource.
Per the Water Conservation Plan, the use of sprinklers and irrigation systems is limited to no more than twice per week following this schedule:
- Mondays - No watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems allowed;
- Tuesdays & Fridays - Apartment complexes, businesses, industries, parks, medians, etc. may water;
- Wednesdays & Saturdays - Residential addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) may water;
- Thursdays & Sundays - Residential addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) may water.
Additional Conservation Measures
The Water Conservation Plan also includes the following requirements to reduce the amount of wasted water:
- No watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. any day of the year. (Watering with hand-held hoses, drip irrigation and soaker hoses is allowed.)
- No watering during any form of precipitation. All new irrigation systems must be equipped with rain and freeze sensors.
- Irrigation systems must be properly maintained so that they are not leaking, overflowing onto the pavement or spraying in the wrong direction.
Exceptions / Variances
Lawns and landscaping may be watered on any day, at any time, by handheld hose, drip irrigation, a soaker hose or tree bubbler. The intent of this exception is to allow for the protection of structural foundations, trees and other high value landscape materials.
Variances to the water conservation schedule may be granted for:
- Properties with large multi-station irrigation systems that cannot be completely irrigated with an average of ¾ of an inch of water in a single day;
- Properties that use well water for irrigation, which is not part of the public drinking water supply;
- Properties with new landscaping, including grass, shrubs and trees.
Variance requests may be submitted to the Public Works Department at 817-427-6440. The department will evaluate each request on an individual basis.If you have questions about the city's Water Conservation Plan or would like more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-427-6440.