August 6, 2011
What You Need To Know About Arlington’s Upcoming Water Restrictions
When lake levels drop to 75 percent, Tarrant Regional Water
District, Arlington’s raw water supplier, will mandate that the City
enter Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency and Water Management Plan.
Stage 1 means new water restrictions for all of Arlington’s
residential and business customers.
These mandatory watering restrictions are scheduled to take
effect on August 29.
The Stage 1 restrictions dictate a watering schedule that allows
customers to water lawns and landscape beds no more than twice a
week and only on selected days. This includes any outdoor sprinklers
or irrigation systems. Washing down sidewalks, driveways or
buildings that aren’t immediate safety concerns is prohibited.
“Sweeping is a better alternative,” said Dustan Compton,
Water Utilities’ Conservation Program Coordinator.
Residents with addresses ending with an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8)
will be allowed to water their lawns on Wednesdays and Saturdays,
while residents with addresses that end in an odd number (1, 3, 5,
7, 9) can use outdoor watering on Thursdays and Sundays.
All non-residential customers, such as apartments, businesses,
medians and common areas, parks, etc., will be permitted to water
outdoors on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The goal of the Stage 1 restrictions is to lower water usage by 5
percent or greater. “We’re trying to reduce non-essential water
use,” Compton said.
In 2006, Arlington adopted an ordinance against outdoor watering
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round because of the high water waste
due to evaporation during those times. That ordinance will still be
in effect if the City enters Stage 1 of the Drought Management Plan.
For more information about Stage 1 water restrictions, go to the
City’s water utilities site,
How To Prepare Your Yard For Stage 1 Water Restrictions
Where Your Water Comes From
Back to Drought Restrictions web site