Over the last few years, a combination of long dry summers leading to drought conditions together with an increased demand from a growing population has been causing water problems in north Texas. As a response, the North Texas Municipal Water district and the City of Irving has has imposed watering restrictions on residents of Irving Texas. Only by implementing a water management plan can we be able to manage this precious resource.
Fortunately Irving residents with a lawn sprinkler system can easily comply with the restrictions by programming their sprinkler system controller to water on the appropriate days, and no sprinklers are allowed on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays.
Irrigation Restriction Guidelines
Irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Foundations may be watered for up to two hours on designated watering days; drip irrigation, soaker hose or hand-held garden hose with positive shutoff spray nozzle only.
New plantings and trees may be watered with a hand-held garden hose with positive shutoff spray nozzle only (prohibited between 10 a.m to 6 p.m.) or bucket, soaker hose, or drip irrigation for up to two hours on designated watering days.
Washing of any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, or trailer is only permitted on the designated landscape watering days using a bucket or hand-held garden hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses.
Draining of indoor or outdoor pools/Jacuzzi-style pools and refilling is prohibited. Only newly constructed pools and repaired pools can be refilled.
Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond is prohibited, except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains are equipped with a recirculation system.
Watering golf course greens and tee boxes are permitted, but irrigating the golf course fairways and other areas must comply with the twice per week watering schedule.
Prohibited uses of water:
1. Car wash fundraisers.
2. No wash of hard-surfaced (sidewalks, parking lots, etc.).
3. Washing down buildings or structures except for fire protection or in preparation for painting.
4. Use of water for dust control.
5. Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in street.
6. Cool season grass overseeding.
7. Failure to repair controllable leaks.
These watering restrictions do not apply to private wells or other non-potable water.
The City of Irving will conserve water by:
The City will initiate public information alerts using both print and electronic media.
The City will work with civic groups, neighborhood associations, summer youth programs, and the like to encourage water conservation.
The city will work with major water users to reduce water use.
The city will refrain from landscape watering more than 2 days a week, and will eliminate street and vehicle washing, except when used water can be recaptured for reuse. Other governmental agencies within the city’s service area will be asked to comply with these water use restrictions.
Stage 2 restrictions will be enforced. Any water user convicted for violation of this plan may be punished by a fine up to $2,000. Each day the plan is violated is a separate offense.
Call Water Utilities at (972) 721-2281 for more information.
For more information, visit the City of Irving Water Utilities Department