capacity of Tarrant Regional Water Districts System reservoirs
reaches 75%, Stage 1 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, August
29, 2011, in response to Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD)
water supply reservoirs reducing to 75% capacity.
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.
Stage 1 drought restrictions include:
- Two day allowable watering schedule based on
- 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.
- 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 is prohibited. Includes sidewalks,
driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, patios, or other
impervious surfaces, except to alleviate an immediate health or
- 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.
- Customers are encouraged to upgrade landscapes this fall
with Texas native and drought tolerant plants using
- To view the Drought Contingency and Emergency Water
Management Plan select the document below under “Resources”
Keep Your Lawn Alive During Drought
Irrigation Check-Up Guide
Tips for Watering Lawns Twice a Week
Tips on Watering Trees in the Severe Drought
Arlington Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Management Plan
Regional Water District