Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

Commentary by a National Wildlife Steward who helps Zilker neighbors establish native plant gardens

Watering Restrictions for Austin

As of September 4th, 2012, Stage 2 watering restrictions were re-implemented (they were instituted earlier in this year as well). There were a few changes to the “rules,” so I thought it was worth repeating them here for our neighborhood.

Here’s a graphic that is suppose to summarize the rules though I think it could be vastly improved. State 2 Water Restrictions graphic of the "rules"

If you have an automatic sprinkler system, then you water your yard between 12am-5am or 7pm to 11:59 pm either:

  • on Wednesday (Odd Addresses)
  • on Thursday (Even Addresses).

If you water by with a sprinkler on the end of a hose, then you water your yard either on Saturday or Sunday between 12am-10am or from 7pm-11:59p. While evaporation will occur more between 7-10am, this allows people to not have to get up at 3am to water their yard!

See above if you need the rules for public schools or commercial/multifamily addresses.

The following watering is exempt from rules and can occur at any time:

  • Watering with handheld bucket or hose (do anytime)
  • Drip irrigation (do anytime)
  • Soaker hoses under drip line of tree canopy / tree bubblers (do anytime)

Prohibited Actions:

  • Washing your car at home (you must go to a commercial carwash facility)
  • Charity car washes
  • Fountains with fall or spray greater than 4″ (unless necessary to preserve aquatic life)
  • Serving water to restaurant customers unless requested
  • Commercial properties using misters between 12am-4pm.

You may call in violations to 3-1-1. However, if it is your neighbor, why don’t you just go over and explain the new rules to them – they probably didn’t hear about it.

For more information, see the City of Austin’s Water site.

 

 

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