Last year, North Texas experienced not only one of the hottest summers, but also one of its worst droughts. Water use typically increases from 30% to 50% during the summer months.
Even though spring rains have brought up lake levels, Dallas and many North Texas cities have extended watering restrictions as a proactive water conservation measure.
Each city has specific restrictions, but watering restrictions generally refer to the use of hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems. However, drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hand-watering are permitted on any day. These restrictions apply to both commercial and residential properties, which may cause some concern about the look of your landscape.
Don’t worry. You can still have a beautiful and healthy landscape when you adhere to your local watering restrictions. Most experts agree that even in the heat of summer, landscapes only need about one inch of water every five to ten days. Watering your landscape daily only encourages shallow roots, which are more susceptible to damage from extreme heat, pests and diseases.
Take a look at this list of North Texas cities to find out what watering restrictions are in effect in your area:
Allen: Stage 3 – Once Per Week, Per Map
Arlington: Stage 1 – Twice a Week – Odd/Even – schedule based on service address
Carrollton; Stage 2 – Twice a Week – Odd/Even Addresses
Colleyville: Mandatory by Zone Map
Coppell: Stage 1 – No Watering Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Crowley: Twice a Week – Residential Addresses – Odd/Even
Non-Residential Addresses – Tuesday and Friday Year Round
Dallas: Twice a Week – Odd/Even – Addresses
No watering is allowed on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays and watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the allowed watering days.
Farmers Branch: Stage 1 – Voluntary
Flower Mound: Stage 1 – Twice a Week – Odd/Even – Addresses
Daily water use, including lawn watering, garden watering, and irrigation, is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Forney: Stage 3 – Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems to once a week.
Fort Worth: Stage 1 – Landscape watering is limited to twice per week.
Watering with a soaker hose, drip irrigation or by hand is allowed at any time.
Frisco: Stage 3 – Once Per Week.
During Daylight Saving Time, outdoor watering is not permitted from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hand watering, soaker hoses and drip/bubbler systems are allowed for up to two hours on any day for trees, shrubs and foundations.
Garland: Stage 2 – Twice Per Week, Saturdays Only
Garland residents and businesses will be allowed to water their lawns twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Lawn watering with sprinklers is not allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Watering with a hand-held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation is allowed at any time.
Grand Prairie: Twice a Week
No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Handheld water hoses and soaker hoses may be used at anytime, but no longer than two hours per day. Residents may wash vehicles at home during restrictions with a hose and bucket if the water does not run continuously, but residents should not use the water hose to wash off sidewalks and driveways.
Irrigation or watering of any lawn or landscape is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Hurst: Stage 1 – Twice a Week
No lawn or landscape watering from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Foundations may be watered for up to two hours on designated watering days; drip irrigation, soaker hose or hand-held garden hose with positive shutoff spray nozzle only.
Keller: Stage 1 – Twice a Week – Odd/Even – Addresses.
Outdoor watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems to a twice per week. This includes landscape watering of parks, golf courses and sports fields.
Lewisville: Stage 1 – Voluntary
Residential landscape watering only on the days of regularly scheduled trash pick-up. Commercial customers are requested to limit irrigation to Wednesdays and Saturdays, and may also be requested to water only between 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., on regularly scheduled trash pick-up days.
Little Elm: Stage 3 – Once Per Week, On Trash Pick Up Day
Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems to once every week on residential trash day. No watering between the hours of 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
Mansfield: Stage 1 – Twice A Week – Odd/Even – Addresses
McKinney: Stage 3 – Once Per Week, On Trash Pick-Up Day
Landscape watering with an irrigation system is allowed only one day a week if needed, based on the residential trash pickup day for that collection zone. Commercial properties’ watering schedules are determined by the residential trash zone where the property is located.
Mesquite: Stage 3 – Once Per Week, Per Address
Murphy: Stage 3 – Once Per Week, Per Address
North Richland Hills: Stage 1 – Twice a Week – Odd/Even – Addresses
No lawn or landscape watering from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Plano: Stage 3 – Once Per Week, Per Address
Odd addresses can use irrigation sprinklers on Tuesdays and even addresses can do so on Thursdays. No watering with sprinklers is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Hydro seeding, hydro mulching and hydro sprigging are prohibited.
Prosper: Stage 3 – Once Per Week, Residential by address.
Commercial customers may water on Mondays only. All watering is prohibited on weekends and everyday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Richardson: Stage 3 – Once Per Week – Odd/Even – Addresses
Outdoor watering schedule for homes and businesses. No lawn or landscape watering from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rowlett: Stage 3 – Once Per Week, Per Address
Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation system to once a week, corresponding with the last number of an address. No landscape watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Foundations, new landscaping and new plantings (first year only) of shrubs and trees may be watered for up to two hours on any day by a hand-held hose, a soaker hose or a dedicated zone using a drip irrigation system
Southlake: Stage 1 – Residents and businesses may water their lawns on any day of the week before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Terrell: Stage 3 – Once Per Week
Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems to no more than two days per week. Restrict landscape and lawn irrigation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.