Summer Sprinkler Watering Guides
Use these guides to determine how many minutes per week each zone* in your lawn should be watered, based on watering two times per week.
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* - Some landscapes might need more or less watering.
Waste of Water Ordinance
This ordinance is intended to discourage residents from using water in excessively wasteful ways.
Activities that can fall under the Waste of Water Ordinance can include, but are not limited to:
• Failure to fix broken sprinklers/sprinkler lines
• Allowing excessive amounts of water to run down the storm drain
• Washing cars or hard surfaces in such a way that allows water to run off of the property
• Watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
• Exceeding the amount of water necessary to install a new lawn
These regulations are permanent additions to the code, and can be enforced at any time, regardless of the condition of the city’s water supply. The ordinance also allows the city to ticket and fine residents that habitually waste water.
City regulations on the waste of water can be found in section 16-24 of the Municipal Code.
Note: Private well water may be exempt from the city's Waste of Water Ordinance if there is proof that the property has a permitted private well from the state.
• First observed violation: Warning, with a five-day grace period to resolve the issue. Note: the warning notice remains in effect for one year. No grace period is given for any subsequent observed violations.
• Second observed violation: $100 fine for residential accounts and $500 for commercial accounts.
• Third observed violation: $500 fine for residential accounts and $999 for commercial accounts.
• Fourth and subsequent observed violations: $999 fine for both residential and commercial accounts.
Penalties are assessed through the city utility bill for the responsible party's billing account. The responsible party is defined as the owner, manager, supervisor or person who receives the water utility bill - or - the person in charge of the property, facility or operation.
Penalty fees may be appealed up to 10 days from the date the notice of the penalty fee is received.
The city has no water restrictions currently in effect.
Water restrictions are typically measures that are taken when the city’s water supply is believed to be insufficient to meet the needs of the community. They are temporary in nature and are usually only enforced during the lawn irrigation season.
Water restrictions require a resolution from council to be enacted, and then rules are set by city staff to limit the use of water by residents. These rules can include limiting watering to particular days of the week and the kinds of water use activities that are allowed or even a complete ban on outdoor water use.
• Regularly check hoses, valves and faucets for leaks
• Set your lawnmower one notch higher. Longer grass means less evaporation
• Use a broom instead of a hose to clean outside
• Monitor your automatic sprinkler system to make there are no leaks and that the water is going where it’s supposed to (not on concrete).
• Run your dishwasher or laundry machine only when full
• Don’t use your toilet as a trash can for tissues and bits of paper
• Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, washing your face, etc. This could save four to 10 gallons of water per day.
• Use a commercial car wash
• Use drought-tolerant plants in your landscaping
• Aerate your lawns in the spring and fall
• Install a rain sensor that will turn off your automatic sprinkler during or after rain
• Install a low-flow showerhead
• Install an aerator on your faucet to reduce water output
• Fix any faucets that are leaking. Typical culprits are worn washers, broken o-rings or faulty fixtures. You can check toilets for leaks by placing 10 drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait 15 minutes, and if the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak.
Worth the Investment
• Purchase a high efficiency (HE) washing machine. They use 27 gallons of water or less per load, while standard washers can use up to 55 gallons. The city offers rebates on HE washers.
• If your toilet was built before 1994, replace it with a low-flush model. The city can reimburse you $75 to help defray the cost, although rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (If you have a high-volume toilet, fill a water bottle and place it in the toilet tank, away from moving parts. This will help you save money every time you flush.)
• Have the city install a water monitor in your home to track usage. These meters are available on loan for 30 days for free, or can be purchased for $80. (Please note that the monitors do not work on all homes.) Call 303-450-8770 for more information.