Do You Know the Rules?
Fort Worth has year-round restrictions to maintain and encourage water efficiency. Everyone plays a part in using water wisely. If you see a water violation, use our online system to record the location, time, date and actual violation. It only takes a few minutes and can prevent millions of gallons of water from being wasted.
Lawn and Landscape Irrigation Restrictions
- No watering with irrigation systems or sprinklers between 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
- No watering hard surfaces.
- No watering during precipitation.
- No water waste through runoff, missing, misaligned or broken sprinkler heads.
No landscape watering between 10 a.m. and 6.p.m., except with a with a soaker hose, drip irrigation or by hand-held hose. This time of day restriction and other water waste violations are in effect year round.
A person commits an offense if he knowingly or recklessly irrigates, waters, causes or permits irrigation of a lawn or landscape located on premises owned, leased or managed to cause:
- A constant stream of water on the sidewalk, driveway, street or other drainage area
- Watering during any form of precipitation.
- A person commits an offense if the system or device has:
- Any broken or missing sprinkler heads.
- Has not been properly maintained in a manner that prevents waste of water.
- Monday – No landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems
- Tuesday and Friday – Non-residential locations (apartment complexes, businesses, parks, medians, etc.)
- Wednesday and Saturday – Residences ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8)
- Thursday and Sunday – Residences ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9)
Rain and Freeze Sensors
New irrigation system installations, or retrofits of systems to add these sensors, require a city permit that is obtained by a licensed irrigator or Master Plumber. The work can be performed by the licensed irrigator or Master Plumber or by someone working under their direct supervision.
Residential Systems: Rain and freeze sensors are required on all irrigation systems installed on or after June 1, 2007.
Commercial Systems: Rain and freeze sensors are required on all irrigation systems. An annual inspection of rain and freeze sensors is required and it can be done in conjunction with the annual backflow inspection.
- Use of an alternative water source, such as a well, water from the Trinity River, reclaimed or reuse water, which has been registered with the City, with sufficient proof provided to the director. If deemed necessary, the source can be inspected by the director. Use of the source must also comply with the City’s Backflow and Cross-Connection Control Program and City Code Sections 12.5-525 through 12.5-599.
- Watering for no more than 30 consecutive days to: establish newly planted hydromulch, grass sod or grass seed.
- Conduct dust control for sport fields.
- Conduct maintenance, repair, or testing of an irrigation system.
It is unlawful for any person to knowingly or recklessly install, operate, cause or permit the installation or operation of an irrigation system in violation of these requirements on premises they own, lease or manage.
Any person, firm or corporation that violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with this ordinance shall be fined up to $2,000 for each offense. Each day a violation is permitted to exist will constitute a separate offense.
Ordinance amendments also allow locking out in-ground irrigation systems as an enforcement option. The lock out would occur either at the backflow device required on all irrigation systems or at a separate irrigation meter, if it exists. Most commercial accounts have separate meters for irrigation systems but few residential accounts have a separate meter.
There is an administrative fee to remove the device. The fee would be $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and $75 for the third offense. Multiple violations could result in lock out as well as a citation. The fee would be added to the customer’s water bill. There is also a process for appealing the administrative fee.
Wise water use is everyone’s responsibility. Please do your part to be water smart.
Report Water Waste
Fort Worth has year-round watering restrictions which include a no more than twice a week irrigation schedule. Please report water waste online or use the MyFtWorth app for smartphones. Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions.