Monday, August 20, 2018

Water Restrictions in Southlake: What do they mean?

The summer heat takes a toll on all of us, especially our landscaping. While we can go inside to the air conditioning to escape the heat, there’s not much our landscaping can do.

It’s tempting to water more to help the yard survive the heat. You can water more, as long as you follow the watering schedule. Maintaining a consistent watering schedule can go a long way to helping the yard survive the summer.

The City adopted a watering schedule under the current Water Conservation Plan. The watering schedule allows for homes and businesses to water twice a week on designated days between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. It’s against City ordinance to water outside of the watering schedule.

Adhering to the watering schedule helps the City maintain water resources for residents. When it is observed that the watering schedule is not being followed Southlake Code Enforcement will issue two warnings before a citation is issued. A warning can be issued for watering on a wrong day, watering at the wrong time, and for wasting water by over-irrigating.

What if you see that someone isn’t following the watering schedule? Give us a call or contact us on the “Come Fix This!” form. We’ll work with them to help resolve the issue. You can reach us at (817) 748-8654.

What about the City, don’t we have to follow the watering schedule? Yes, the City also adheres to the watering schedule. However, many times when you do see the City watering during off times, typically at parks, the irrigation systems are using well water or water pumped from the lakes.

The City conducts annual field maintenance during the summer when there is limited athletic field activity. First, the City closes the field and then lays new seed.  Then, the fields are watered three times per day to ensure optimal growth and that the seed doesn’t dry out. Fields are typically watered in the morning, afternoon and evening for about a week and then they return to the regular City watering schedule.

If you have any questions about watering restrictions or aren’t sure about when you can water, please give us a call at (817) 748-8266. We are happy to help.

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