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Outdoor Watering Requirements - Stage 1

When Fort Worth initiates Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan, landscape watering is limited to a twice-per-week schedule. This includes parks, golf courses and sports fields. Watering with a soaker hose, drip irrigation or by handheld hose is allowed at any time.

Year-round requirements remain in effect.

  • Watering with a soaker hose, drip irrigation or by hand-held hose is allowed at any time.
  • No watering with irrigation systems or sprinklers between 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.;
  • No watering hard surfaces;
  • No watering during precipitation; and
  • No water waste through runoff, missing, misaligned or broken sprinkler heads.

Exceptions to the Restrictions:

  • Water may not run off a lawn of yard more than 50 feet. Supervised testing, repair or maintenance of an irrigation system is an exception.
  • Foundations may be watered up to two hours on any day using a handheld hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation system placed within 24-inches of the foundation, that does not produce a spray of water above the ground.
  • Establishing new turf is discouraged. If hydromulch, grass sod or grass seed has been installed, a variance is required.
  • All users are encouraged to reduce the frequency of draining and refilling swimming pools.
  • All users are encouraged to use native and adapted drought tolerant plants in landscaping.
  • Washing of any motorized vehicle (including a motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, etc.) is limited to the use of a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive-pressure shutoff nozzle for quick rinses. Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the premises of a commercial car wash or service station.
  • Discourage hosing of paved areas (sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, patios or other impervious surfaces), except to alleviate an immediate health or safety hazard. (See Drought Plan for specific examples.)
  • No hosing of buildings or other structures for purposes other than fire protection or surface preparation prior to painting.

Violations will receive an initial warning. Repeat offenses will be subject to an irrigation system lock-out which carries an administrative fee. Subsequent offenses may be issued a citation, with a fine of up to $2,000 per day. Each day is considered a separate violation.

For a complete list, view the full requirements: Drought/Emergency Management Plan

Questions? Contact us at 817-392-8740.

Most of the state is facing drought conditions. View the drought monitor to see which areas are facing exceptional drought conditions.


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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.



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