Fort Worth Water notified its wholesale customers that Stage 1 Drought Restrictions were lifted May 18, 2015. While the twice per week watering schedule outlined in the Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Management Plan remains in effect, the additional restrictions from Stage 1 will be lifted.
Lifting Stage 1 restrictions does not affect the year-round water management and conservation requirements, which include:
- Residential addresses ending in even numbers may water on Wednesday and Saturday.
- Residential addresses ending in odd numbers may water on Thursday and Sunday.
- Non-residential locations (commercial, HOA, common areas, medians, etc.) may water on Tuesday and Friday.
- No watering is permitted on Monday.
- No watering is permitted between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on any day.
Watering with a soaker hose or drip irrigation is permitted at any time or day except Mondays. Watering with a hand-held hose or hand-held bucket can be done at any time or any day.
These restrictions are mandatory and will be enforced in accordance with Section XI of the Plan. These procedures include written warnings and a possible $50 administrative penalty added to the next water bill for subsequent violations. Repeat violations are also subject to citations issued by law enforcement and/or disconnection of water service with a $200 reconnection charge in addition to the $50 administrative penalty.
So What Has Changed Regarding Water Restrictions?
The goal of stage 1 water restrictions is to prohibit non-essential use in order to conserve water. Under stage 1 restrictions, water users are prohibited from the following:
All Water Users
- Prohibit hosing of paved areas, such as sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, patios, or other impervious surfaces, except to alleviate an immediate health or safety hazard.
- Prohibit hosing of buildings or other structures for purposes other than fire protection or surface preparation prior to painting.
- Prohibit using water in such a manner as to allow runoff or other waste, including:
- Failure to repair a controllable leak, including a broken sprinkler head, a leaking valve, leaking or broken pipes, or a leaking faucet;
- Operating a permanently installed irrigation system with: (a) a broken head; (b) a head that is out of adjustment and the arc of the spray head is over a street or parking lot; or (c) a head that is misting because of high water pressure; or
- During irrigation, allowing water (a) to run off a property and form a stream of water in a street for a distance of 50 feet or greater; or (b) to pond in a street or parking lot to a depth greater than one‐quarter of an inch.
- Allowing or causing an irrigation system or other lawn watering device to operate during any form of precipitation or when temperatures are at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lawns, landscaping, and foundations may be watered up to two hours on any day except Mondays and cannot occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. If performed under these circumstances, watering must be performed using a handheld hose, soaker hose, drip irrigation system, or tree bubbler. Foundation watering system must be placed within 24 inches of the foundation and cannot produce a spray of water above the ground.
- Newly installed shrubs (first year) and trees (two years) may be watered up to two hours on any day except Monday by handheld hose, drip irrigation, a soaker hose or tree bubbler. Tree watering is limited to an area not to exceed the drip line of a tree.
- Establishing new turf is discouraged. If hydro mulch, grass sod, or grass seed is installed for the purpose of establishing a new lawn, watering restrictions for the first 30 days while it is being established are reduced to allow watering any day except Monday and can be performed at any time. A variance permit must be obtained in accordance with Section X of this plan. After expiration of the variance permit, the watering restrictions set forth in this stage apply. This exception for new turf does not include over seeding with rye or seasonal grasses since turf already exist.
- Golf courses may water greens and tee boxes as necessary, however watering must be done before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Golf courses are encouraged to reduce potable water use by 5%.
- Skinned areas of sports fields may be watered as needed for dust control.
- Athletic fields (playing fields within a stadium only – not surrounding landscaping) may be watered as needed, except on Mondays, to maintain league standards. Sports fields are encouraged to reduce potable water use by 5%.
- All users are encouraged to reduce the frequency of the filling, draining, or refilling of swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs, and Jacuzzi type pools except to maintain structural integrity, proper operation and maintenance, and/or to alleviate an issue that poses a public safety risk.
- All users are encouraged to use native and adapted drought tolerant plants in landscaping.
- Washing of any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle shall be limited to the use of a hand‐held bucket or a hand‐held hose equipped with a positive‐pressure shutoff nozzle for quick rinses. Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station. Companies with an automated on‐site vehicle washing facility may wash their vehicles at any time. Further, such washing may be exempt from these requirements if the health, safety, and welfare of the public are contingent upon frequent vehicle cleansing, such as garbage trucks and vehicles used to transport food and perishables.
- All actions listed above for all water users apply to commercial and industrial users.
- Hotels, restaurants, and bars are encouraged to serve drinking water to patrons on an “on demand” basis.
- Hotels are encouraged to implement laundry conservation measures by encouraging patrons to reuse linens and towels.
- Car washing facilities must keep equipment in good working order, which should include regular inspections to ensure there are no leaks, broken, or misdirected nozzles, and that all equipment is operating efficiently.
- All commercial and industrial customers are encouraged to inspect and repair irrigation systems.