Outdoor Watering Restrictions

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Current Status = Stage 1

With no end in sight to the severe drought gripping our state, Lewisville City Council has amended the city’s Emergency Water Management Plan to set year-round restrictions on outdoor watering for all customers.

The changes, which went into effect on May 1, limit customers to two outdoor waterings per week on assigned days. In addition, during the hotter months from May to September, daytime watering will be prohibited in most cases. The restrictions will apply to all City water customers.

These restrictions are almost identical to those used during July and August of 2013, and which resulted in about a 10 percent reduction in water use citywide compared to the same two months in 2012. They are essentially the same as the voluntary measures already in place year-round.

Watering schedule for residential customers will be determined by street address.

 

Properties with even-numbered address (ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) or no street address will be allowed to water on Tuesday and Saturday.

Properties with odd-numbered address (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) will be allowed to water on Wednesday and Sunday.

Commercial and multi-family customers will be allowed to water on Monday and Thursday.

 

To further reduce water use during peak summer months, outdoor watering between May 1 and Sept. 30 will not be allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

There are provisions for variances in certain circumstances, including:

  • Properties with irrigation systems that do not tap into the City water supply. This includes properties with their own water well, and properties that have an approved detention system that recycles the irrigation water.
  • Properties that are too large for all irrigation zones to be watered within the allowed time. Those properties can request a variance allowing them to spread their watering into additional days, but with each zone only being watered the approved number of times.
  • Properties that install new sod or landscaping. A variance can be requested to allow more frequent watering for a set period of time to allow the new plantings to become established.

The city is working on a plan to place temporary yard signs at those locations so passersby will be aware that a variance was issued.

Hand-watering and soaker hoses are allowed at any time during Stage 1, but would be restricted during Stage 2 and Stage 3. This includes landscaping and foundations. These watering methods are excluded from Stage 1 restrictions because they typically use less water than sprinklers and are far less susceptible to evaporation, over-watering, or water landing on pavement and other impermeable surfaces.

Lewisville purchases water from Dallas Water Utilities, and thus is required to adopt similar conservation provisions to those applied in Dallas. Similar restrictions already have been adopted in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and many other cities in the region.

If the North Texas water crisis worsens and additional conservation measures are needed, Lewisville could implement additional restrictions. This could include weekly outdoor watering or a complete ban on outdoor watering.

To report suspected watering violations, call 972.219.3510.

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