Twice a Week Smart Watering
Fort Worth has year-round restrictions to maintain and encourage water efficiency. They include no watering by irrigation systems or sprinklers between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Watering by hand-held hose, drip irrigation or soaker hose is allowed at any time.
Fort Worth’s twice a week schedule below, reflects days for all water customers. Although two days are allowable, remember you don’t have to water if your landscape doesn’t need it.
Know Your Watering Schedule
No watering allowed
Tuesday & Friday
Non-residential sites (apartments, businesses, parks, common areas)
Wednesday & Saturday (even)
Residential addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8
Thursday & Sunday (odd)
Residential addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Additionally, there is:
- No watering hard surfaces.
- No watering during precipitation.
- No water waste through runoff, or through missing, misaligned or broken sprinkler heads.
Rain and freeze sensors are required on all systems installed on or after June 1, 2007. New irrigation system installations, or retrofits of systems to add these sensors, require a city permit 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.
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. The source must be 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 with an approved Water Variance;
- 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.
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.
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.