Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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.

Southlake Watering Schedule: When can I water and how much should I water?

It’s hot outside! We all like green lawns and beautiful landscaping, and in this heat, they need a little extra help to stay hydrated. While it can be tempting to water every day, the City does have a watering schedule that must be followed.

Here is the current watering schedule to help you remember when you can water.

New Watering Schedule Graphic

The best time to water is in the early morning hours (Midnight – 4 a.m.) so water has the chance to soak into the soil.  However, our watering schedule does allow you to water on your designated days between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. It’s also a good idea to establish a watering pattern for your landscape. The watering schedule does that for you.

“One of the best pieces of advice I can give to maintain a green, healthy landscape, is to consistently deeply water only a couple of times a week,” says Environmental Coordinator Ashley Carlisle.

Why do we have a watering schedule?

The current watering schedule was adopted under the current Water Conservation Plan in 2014. The plan aims to promote the efficient use of our region’s water resources. One of the ways the City does that is by using a watering schedule.

The growth of Southlake and the entire region in recent years has led to growing demands for water supplies.  Thousands of gallons of water can be used per house per day just to run a sprinkler system – a demand for water use that has a serious effect on water levels during the summer. Diminished water levels can have an impact on not only water pressure throughout the City, but also fire protection for the community.

How much should I water?

Most lawns only need water twice a week. A great resource to help you figure out exactly how much you should water is WaterIsAwesome.com. This site, run by Tarrant Regional Water District, offers weekly advice based on rainfall from the prior week.  You can sign up for alerts to be notified on how much water to use weekly. The site gives recommendations for the amount of water to use, zone runtimes, the number of cycles per zone and the total runtime per zone.

If you have specific questions about your irrigation system you can set up a free irrigation evaluation with the W.I.S.E. Guys program. A licensed irrigator will come to perform an evaluation on your sprinkler system with you and will provide you with personalized information on how your system can be used more efficiently. You could be eligible for up to a $200 rebate on your water bill for any repair work done.

If you have any questions about the watering schedule, contact Southlake Water Utilities Customer Service at (817) 748-8051.