Water Efficient Irrigation

From November 1st – March 31st, watering is limited to once a week, however, it is usually sufficient to water once every 15 – 20 days. Please adjust your irrigation controller or switch it to OFF to avoid potential pipe damage from freezes and fees associated with code violations. Turning your irrigation off can be completed at either the controller box located in the garage or the double check in the ground.

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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.

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.

What Can You Do?

  • Option 1: Set your controller properly to water your yard and adjust it with the seasons.
    • Check your current controller settings! The controller for your sprinkler system is in your garage on the wall.
    • Be sure it is set to the correct date and time
    • Program A is usually sufficient. Program B and program C can be switched to “OFF”. These two programs are for the same zones, they will just set the zones off a second time at a different time.
    • Choose your start time for each zone. Between 3 AM – 6 AM is best. If programs B & C are both off, be sure they have no start times. Why between 3 AM – 6 AM?
      • Less water loss from evaporation.
      • Least chance of attracting mosquitoes
      • Least chance of developing root rot
  • Set your time for each zone within your programs.
    • 💧 means it will run.
    • 🚫 means it will not run.
    • Between 3 – 7, minutes is usually sufficient. We suggest 3 minutes for the lawn and 4 minutes for the trees. If you have a soaker hose, refer to your manufacturer’s recommendations for a run-time.
    • Choose the days your system will run.  We suggest either once a week, like Wednesday, or twice a week, Monday, and Thursday. That way you have 2-3 days between each watering.
    • Twice a week is all that’s permitted between April 1st – October 31st. A maximum of once a week is permitted from November 1st – March 31st. Every 15-20 days is usually adequate during the winter.
  • Option 2: Shut your water off!
    • Manually turning your sprinklers on or hand watering gives you complete and total control of your landscape, lawn, and garden.
    • Allowing your plants to stress a little can be helpful in acclimating them to the weather and soil as it promotes deep root growth and ultimately reduces water run-off.
    • Saves the most water, meaning you spend less!

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, AgriLife Extension has resources on the roof-water collection and rain barrels here. 

For more information on native plants visit Texas SmartScape online.

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.