Water Efficient Irrigation

Water is the most important resource to sustain life and as the Earth's population grows, the need for water grows. Water is being used and wasted faster than it can be replenished.

Need help setting your irrigation controller or want more information on efficient irrigation? We can assist you in person, over the phone, or by email. Email Michelle Day or call 972-734-5331.

Irrigation Efficiency

  • Lawn irrigation can be 40 to 60% of your water bill
  • Watering less than two times a week is usually sufficient
  • Brown grass does not mean dead grass
  • Frequent watering promotes shallow roots instead of deep long-lasting roots

For more information on how much you should water your lawn based on the weather visit Water My Yard online.

Landscape

  • Plant native and drought-resistant plants that require less watering
  • Taller grass holds water more efficiently, don't cut more than one-third of the grasses length at one time
  • Buy or make a rain bucket to water your plants

For more information on native plants visit Texas SmartScape online.

Irrigation Controller Setting Assistance

Need help setting your irrigation controller or want more information on efficient irrigation? We can assist you in person, over the phone, or by email. Email Michelle Day or call 972-734-5331.

Water & Irrigation Regulations

April 1 through October 31

  • Water no more than twice per week
  • Less than twice per week is usually adequate
  • Watering is prohibited from 10 am to 6 pm.
  • Additional Landscape watering may be provided by a hand-held hose with a shutoff nozzle, dedicated irrigation drip zones, and/or soaker hose provided no runoff occurs.

November 1 through March 31

  • Limit landscape watering to one day per week
  • Every 15 to 20 days is usually adequate

Prohibitions

  • Irrigation systems that water-impervious surfaces (sidewalks, roads)
  • Outdoor watering during precipitation or freeze events
  • Poorly maintained sprinkler systems that are actively wasting water
  • Excess water runoff or other obvious waste
  • Overseeding, sodding, sprinkling, broadcasting, or plugging with cool-season grasses or watering cool-season grasses, except for golf courses and athletic fields.
  • Use of potable water to fill or refill residential, amenity, and any other natural manmade ponds

Requirements

  • Non-commercial car washing must be done when using a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • New irrigation systems require freeze sensors and/or ET or Smart Controllers, which must be maintained
  • Irrigation systems must be inspected at the same time as the initial backflow preventer inspection
  • New irrigation systems must be in compliance with state design and installation regulations.