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Water Conservation Stage 3 

 

The City of Richardson is altering its irrigation schedule effective July 19, 2014. The change allows for an every other week watering schedule instead of two times per month and allows an extra weekend of outdoor irrigation.

The City had allowed both odd and even addresses to water on the first and third weekend of the month. Even addresses were allowed to water every first and third Saturday while odd addresses were assigned every first and third Sunday. To alleviate possible strains on its water distribution system, the City is changing its outdoor irrigation schedule to every other week until further notice beginning July 19. To allow for the transition, July 26 and 27 are also being added to the schedule for even and odd addresses respectively (see calendar below).

The altered schedule meets guidelines set by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) that allows every other week watering. Water restrictions also prevent outdoor irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More on Richardson’s water restrictions is outlined below:
Stage 3 Summer Watering Schedule
Every other week until further notice.
Last digit of address Allowed landscape water day
0,2,4,6,8 (Even) Every other Saturday of each month
(irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
1,3,5,7,9 (Odd) Every other Sunday of each month
(irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

 

Lawn Watering Schedule
 
JULY 2014
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat


1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20 21 22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30 31

 
SEPTEMBER 2014
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat

1
2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21 22 23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30




 
AUGUST 2014
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat





1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19 20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29 30
31            
 
OCTOBER 2014
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat



1
2
3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21 22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

           


 

Water days for odd numbered addresses (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9)

 

Water days for even numbered addresses (ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, 0)

 

Additional restrictions:
  • No lawn irrigation watering is allowed between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or during times of precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, etc.).
  • Excessive water runoff from any landscaped area onto any impervious surfaces is prohibited.
Exemptions - The following water usage is exempt from Stage 3 restrictions:
  • 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.

Enforcement
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.

Last updated: 8/26/2014 3:22:38 PM