Report a Watering Violation
Effective November 1, 2014, the City of Richardson will switch back to an every-other-week watering schedule. Even-numbered addresses will water every other Saturday (beginning Nov. 1), and odd-numbered addresses will water every other Sunday (beginning Nov. 9). The need for water restrictions continues due to the low water level in the North Texas Municipal Water District's main reservoirs.
More on Richardson’s water restrictions is outlined below:
|Last digit of address
||Allowed landscape water day
||Every Other Saturday of the month
||Every Other Sunday of the month
Exemptions - The following water usage is exempt from Stage 3 restrictions:
- Excessive water runoff from any landscaped area onto any impervious surfaces is prohibited.
- Watering during times of precipitation is prohibited.
- Use of drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses to protect foundations is allowed. Recommended maximum 2 hours when needed and not during precipitation periods.
- Hand watering of ornamental flower beds and other ornamental landscaping is allowed; hand watering of lawns is prohibited.
- Public athletic fields may be watered as needed.
- The operation of ornamental fountains is permitted.
- Washing of vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. is permitted.
- Newly constructed swimming pools, Jacuzzis and spas may be filled.
- Pools may be drained and refilled for repairs as needed (must follow proper water disposal methods).
- Existing swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and spas may be replenished to maintain operational levels.
- Commercial full-service or self-service car wash facilities, including those at service stations and automobile dealership facilities is permitted.
- Washing or hosing down of sidewalks, driveways, patios, porches, parking areas or other similar paved surfaces is permitted.
- Activities utilizing other sources of water (wastewater, effluent, natural water springs, ponds or deep water wells) are permitted.
- Golf courses may water greens and tee boxes as needed.
- Smart irrigation may operate as needed. A variance is required to operate smart irrigation systems.
- Hydroseeding, hydromulching and sprigging is permitted.
The City’s Community Services Department has inspectors on duty 18 hours a day, seven days a week to enforce watering restrictions. Inspectors will proactively canvass neighborhoods and commercial areas to identify violations as well as respond to citizen complaints, which upon receipt will be dispatched to inspectors in the field for investigation/action.
Inspectors will also send notices when evidence of watering is observed. The purpose of the notice is to inform the violator that their sprinkler system is very likely operating on an inappropriate day or during an inappropriate time.
A defendant will not be required to appear in court if issued a citation for a first offense. A defendant may instead elect to plead ‘guilty’ or ‘no contest’ and pay a window fine of $150.
If a second (or subsequent) citation is issued or if a citation is written as an "aggravated offense," the defendant will be required to appear before a municipal court judge.
Reporting Water Abuse
Residents are encouraged to report violations via the MyRichardson mobile application or by calling 972-744-4111.