Drought requirements remain in effect; outlook improving
Even though Stage 1 drought measures ended on May 18, outdoor watering requirements for Fort Worth Water customers do not change. The same watering schedule remains in effect. In April 2014, the Fort Worth City Council adopted maximum twice per week watering as a year round conservation measure. In addition, the prohibition, adopted in 2007, on watering any day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. remains in effect.
Watering by hand-held hose, drip irrigation or soaker hose is allowed at any time.
Year-round watering requirements which remain in effect include:
Watering with a soaker hose, drip irrigation or with a hand-held hose is allowed any time of the day.
No watering with irrigation systems or sprinklers between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any day;
No watering hard surfaces;
No watering during precipitation; and
No water waste through missing, misaligned or broken sprinkler heads.
Water may not run off a lawn or yard and onto the street. Supervised testing, repair or maintenance of an irrigation system is an exception.
While the city ordinance allows for enforcement through locking out backflow devices or issuing citations, the department works first to achieve compliance through education and cooperation. This approach has resulted in positive results through the years.
There are many free programs customers can take advantage of to be efficient in their water use. These include seminars about plant selection, how to operate the irrigation system and make simple repairs, and how to install drip irrigation. Another free program is an irrigation system checkup. Any homeowner or business can request a free irrigation system checkup by calling 817-392-8740.
More information about the seminars and programs offered, visit the website at www.saveFort Worthwater.org or like the Fort Worth Water page on Facebook.
About 30 percent of Texas is experiencing some level of drought, a significant improvement from a year ago when 90 percent of the state was in some level of drought. (View U.S. Drought Monitor)