Mandating drip irrigation
Q: What is the watering schedule for twice-weekly watering?A: Residential and commercial customers with street addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may only water on Sundays and Thursdays.All water providers in Texas are working very hard to ensure we have enough water for the future, but we must use existing supplies efficiently before additional sources are likely to be built.Aggressive water conservation efforts are critical to demonstrate that our region is using existing resources responsibly.All Water Customers Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation sys¬tems is limited to no more than twice per week according to the MANDATORY schedule. Drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hand watering are allowed on any day and at any time.No watering is allowed on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays and from April 1-October 31, watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. Q: When did the mandatory twice-weekly watering schedule become part of the Water Conservation Ordinance?Properties with multiple addresses (duplexes, apartment complexes or office parks) must base their watering day on the last digit of the lowest address number. Q: Can I use drip irrigation, a soaker hose or hand water between 10 a.m. Q: I’m not using Dallas water on my landscape, does the watering schedule apply to me?A: Residents or businesses using non-potable water for irrigation (rainwater, well water or grey water) are not required to follow the watering schedule.
Residents or businesses without a street number on their address may only water on Sundays and Thursdays. Drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hand watering are permitted on any day. A: Watering with these more efficient methods is not encouraged between 10 a.m. Experts agree these are the best ways to water for healthy vegetable gardens.
A: The maximum twice-weekly watering schedule went into effect on April 23, 2012. A: The Water Conservation ordinance focuses on outdoor watering because it is considered a non-essential use and, on average, accounts for approximately 30% of our total annual water use.
Q: Are there any other reasons for the mandatory schedule?
A: Water is a critical issue in the state of Texas.
We are susceptible to drought and the population continues to grow – it is projected to double in North Texas by 2060.
If the alternate source watering system is permanently installed, a building permit is required and a small purple sign stating that non-potable water is in use.