Residents are encouraged to protect and conserve water at all times. In March 2013, the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 13, Article 13.06 “Water Conservation Plan” was amended and adopted. Since 1998, the city experienced dramatic swings in municipal use in gallons per capita per day (GCPD). The city’s target goal is to reach an average of 160 GCPD by 2060 to correspond with the state’s water plan for future supplies. View the History of the City's GCPD.
City Code, Chapter 13, Section 13.06.004, includes information on landscape design and installation requirements as well as the landscape watering management rules. Water management rules for outside irrigation are in effect year-round. Watering is limited to once a week by ordinance. Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers, soaker hoses, or automatic irrigation systems is banned between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. year-round. Hand watering with a hose equipped with a positive cut-off device, a faucet-filled 5-gallon bucket, or a watering can is permitted at any time. During droughts, the City Council may take action to restrict the above-noted watering limitations.
To aid in water conservation:
- Recheck your irrigation timers periodically to ensure they are showing correct time periods, especially if you have experienced a power outage.
- Reduce excessive landscape watering
- Repair any leaks and runny faucets
- Use water-recycling ornamental fountains
- Prevent any water waste from water runoff into the streets, alleys, gutters, ditches, rights-of-ways, and storm drainage systems.
Rainwater Harvesting is an effective way to conserve water by capturing runoff from rooftops and storing it for later use. This water can be used for outside watering of lawns, landscapes, gardens, and plants.
Efficient use of water is critical in Texas because of its growing population and limited water supply. Even with minimal rainfall, rainwater harvesting can still be effective in conserving water for outdoor use.
Consider installing a water catchment system yourself or by a knowledgeable company. Below are some helpful links on Rainwater Harvesting and how to get started:
- Texas Water Development Board – Rainwater Harvesting
- Take Care of Texas – Is Rainwater Harvesting Illegal in Texas?
- Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District – How to Get Started
- Noble Research Institute – D.I.Y. Installation
Questions? Please call the City's Environmental Program Manager at (210) 698-0900.