Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

When the combined capacity of Tarrant Regional Water District’s system reservoirs reach 60%, Stage 2 of the Drought Plan will be implemented.

The City of Arlington implemented Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Management Plan on Monday, June 3, 2013, in response to Tarrant Regional Water District’s (TRWD) decision to begin watering restrictions. The overall water supply system is close to 75 percent capacity and, with summer temperatures and increased evaporation rates imminent, drought conditions are expected to persist in North Texas.

The goal of Stage 1 drought restrictions is to save 5% of current water consumption through savings from outdoor irrigation. It is estimated that 50-60% of all water use during the summer months is attributed to outdoor irrigation and this use represents an area of significant and practical water savings potential.

Drought Map | Arlington Drought Contingency Plan

Stage 1 drought restrictions include:

  • Two day allowable watering schedule based on service address
    • Wednesdays and Saturdays- residential addresses ending in an even number (0,2,4,6, or 8)
    • Thursdays and Sundays- residential addresses ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7, or 9)
    • Tuesdays and Fridays- all non-residential locations (apartments, businesses, parks, common areas, etc.)
    • Note: Be sure to set your start time on your allowable watering day and add up the total minutes of the total watering cycle to make sure that the scheduled irrigation event will end on the allowable watering day. For example, if your allowable watering day is Wednesday then all outdoor irrigation through sprinklers and irrigation systems must start and end between midnight Wednesday morning and 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night.
  • Establishing new turf is discouraged but not prohibited at this time.
  • If new hydromulch, grass sod, or grass seed is installed for the purpose of establishing a new lawn, there are no watering restrictions for the first 30 days while it is being established. After that, the watering restrictions apply.
  • An official variance to water a new landscape is not necessary at this time but it may help with any concerns received to provide some details about the extra watering. Please let us know when and where your new landscape was installed at email or 817-459-6628.
  • Consider placing a sign that states, “Establishing New Lawn,” if the area that will be watered outside of the maximum two-day schedule is highly visible to the public.
  • Be sure to slowly transition to the two-day watering schedule towards the end of the 30 day establishing timeframe.
  • This exception does not include over seeding with rye since turf already exists.
  • No outdoor watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Hand-held watering, drip irrigation, and soaker hoses may be used any day and any time.
  • Foundations and new shrubs and new trees can be watered up to 2 hours every day with soaker hoses or drip irrigation.
  • Water waste is prohibited. Be sure to inspect irrigation systems for broken sprinkler heads, runoff and leaks.
  • Hosing of paved areas and buildings is discouraged at this time.
  • Washing of any vehicle is limited to the use of a hand-held bucket or hand-held hose with a shutoff nozzle. Vehicle washing may be done at any time at a commercial car wash.
  • Draining and refilling of swimming pools is discouraged but not prohibited at this time.
  • Customers are encouraged to upgrade landscapes this fall with Texas native and drought tolerant plants using Texas Smartscape® principles.
  • To view the Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Management Plan select the document below under “Resources”


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