The City of Arlington's conservation program is part of a regional
effort to help plan for future water supply needs and meet the
requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and
Texas Water Development Board.
With reservoir levels decreasing and
water capacity below normal, the City of Arlington is asking residents
and businesses to comply with city ordinances and use water wisely.
Springtime is here and in full bloom. The Arlington Water Utilities
Department is working diligently to achieve our commitment to our
citizens with extraordinarily great customer service. I want to
personally thank all of you for jobs well done. Your continued
positive work ethic and unbounded enthusiasm has greatly assisted me
as your new Director - Walter “Buzz” Pishkur.
Arlington Water Utilities is a respected and trusted leader in the
water industry. We have established a reputation for providing
great-tasting water to our citizens. For more than 35 years the
American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated
Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water
professionals and the communities they serve to join together in
recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Please
join AWWA as we celebrate water! Keep checking back for updates
about this event and others on our city portal.
2013 Kicks off with:
Lake Arlington Clean Up was on April 6th
from 8am to Noon.
The pharmaceutical Take Back Event is on (April 27).
The Police will be collecting unused and unwanted
The annual United Way Campaign. (April 22 – May 10).
The National Drinking Water Week will be (May 5-11).
National Drinking Water Week is a time to reflect and appreciate the
value high-quality tap water provides for our community including
public health and fire protection, support for the economy and
quality of life. To celebrate, bring in your old showerheads over
the next two weeks and exchange them for free 2.0 gallons per minute
Earth® Massage showerheads. You can realize a 20% savings in water
and energy related to showering simply by replacing your old
showerhead with a high-efficiency model. That is a $20 value for
Free High-Efficiency Showerhead Exchange
Who: Arlington residents
How: You must bring in your old showerhead(s)
to receive a new
one. Limit two per household.
When: Monday, May 6— Friday, May 17
Where: Water Customer Services Offices, 8am-5pm
101 W. Abram St
1100 SW Green Oaks Blvd
Free Classes for Spring 2013
No classes are scheduled at this time.
Please mark your calendar to attend
on Saturday, September 21.
If you have any questions about future classes or
would like to propose a specific class, please contact Dustan Compton at
817-459-6628 or email:
The Lawn Whisperer
Click here to visit the Lawn Whisperer's Facebook page and view his
water savings tips.
Get More Helpful Tips for Saving Water Year-Round
The City of Arlington appreciates your commitment to conserving
water and we encourage you to save water and money by changing your
water use habits today.
www.SaveArlingtonWater.com for more water conservation tips.
For more information about this message, send us an e-mail at
call 817-459-6600. Together, we can ensure a reliable water
supply for future generations.
WaterSense: An EPA Partnership Program
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Watering Nixed Ten to
Watering Restrictions 10am - 6pm
Except for hand watering and
the use of soaker hoses, it shall be unlawful for any person to
irrigate, water, or cause or permit the irrigation or watering of any
lawn or landscape located on premises owned, leased, or managed by
that person between the hours of 10:00AM and 6:00PM.
and Freeze Sensor Requirements
(1) Effective January 1, 2007 all irrigation systems
installed within the City must be equipped with rain and freeze
sensors in number and type established and published by the Director of Utilities.
This requirement applies to all commercial and
(2) Any irrigation system installed before January 1, 2007, may not be
operated after March 4, 2007 without being equipped with rain and
freeze sensors in number and type established and published by the
Director of Utilities. This
retrofitting requirement does not apply to a
single family residential or duplex property, or an individually metered townhome or condominium unit.
The above amendments were approved by City Council on November 28,
2006. Violations of the ordinance can result in fines up to
Approved Rain and
Freeze Sensor List (pdf)
New Irrigation Rules Effective January 1, 2009
As mandated by the Texas Legislature, the City of Arlington
recently approved Ordinance 08-108 creating a landscape
irrigation program that includes permitting, minimum design standards,
and inspections for all new and expanded lawn irrigation systems.
The new ordinance requires irrigation permits for new installations
and additions of sprinkler heads and/or zone valves to existing
irrigation systems. An irrigation permit is not required if you
are replacing a sprinkler head with a new sprinkler head in the same
Because 50% of all treated water is used for irrigation and it
is estimated that up to half of that water is lost to leaks,
evaporation, and runoff, the new rules will help meet the projected
water demands of the State of Texas in the future. Efficient
irrigation systems combined with the proper seasonal
watering schedule can save a significant amount of water and money.
The landscape irrigation program will be managed through the One Start
Center by the Building Inspections department. To view the new
irrigation rules scroll down to "Irrigation Chapter" under
"Current adopted codes and ordinances"
Seasons Change and So Should Your Watering Schedule
No Outdoor Watering 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
What is the difference between conservation planning and drought
The City of Arlington and
the City's primary water supplier, Tarrant Regional Water District,
work closely together to develop and implement water conservation
and drought management plans to make possible an adequate supply of
water today and in the future. Although a water conservation
and drought management plan may appear to be the same, there are
differences between the plans that benefit the community and region
when put into practice.
Water Conservation Plan
Implemented full-time; permanent
Long-term response to efficient water use and supply
Drought Contingency Management Plan
Implemented during times of crisis, such as droughts
Short-term response to a water supply shortage
As annual and seasonal
climate varies, it is important to have an on-going water
conservation plan in place to better be prepared for drought
conditions in the future. The City of Arlington is dedicated
to the practice and promotion of the efficient use of our valuable
water supply and encourages all residents to be mindful of their
Drip-Irrigated Plants Save Water
Drip-irrigated plants suited for the climate require
dramatically less water than grass while still preventing
the creation of urban heat islands. Photo courtesy of
Studies have established that a square foot
of grass needs 72 gal/year (272.5 L/yr) to survive, according
to J.C. Davis, senior public information coordinator of the
Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). However, a
drip-irrigated plant suited to the climate needs only 17
gal/yr (64 L/yr), a savings of 55 gal/yr (208 L/yr) for each
square foot of grass sod replaced.