Report a Watering Violation
|Last digit of address
||Allowed water day
||Tuesday and Saturday
||Wednesday and Sunday
|(with sprinklers or irrigation system)
Summer Water Conservation Plan in Effect April 1
In keeping with the City’s permanent water conservation strategy implemented a year ago (called “the new normal”), daytime water restrictions go into effect next Friday. From April 1-Oct. 31, lawn watering will not be permitted from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Residents may turn on yard sprinklers after 6 p.m. and before 10 a.m. on their allowed watering days—Tuesdays and Saturdays for even-numbered addresses and Wednesdays and Sundays for odd-numbered addresses. Hand watering is allowed anytime when using a hose with a shut-off spray nozzle. Please water only as needed, based on moisture content of the soil. (Check out www.watermyyard.org for personalized recommendations.)
More on Richardson's Water Conservation Plan is outlined below:
Additional provisions under Water Conservation Plan:
Exemptions - The following water usage is allowed during Water Conservation:
- Excessive water runoff from any landscaped area is prohibited.
- Watering during freezing temperatures is prohibited.
- Watering during times of precipitation is prohibited.
- Use of poorly maintained sprinkler systems is prohibited.
- Additional watering of landscape and lawns may be provided by hand-held hose with a shutoff nozzle, drip irrigation and soaker hose. These methods of watering can be done any day and at any time.
- The use of drip irrigation systems, soaker hoses and hand-watering with a shutoff nozzle to protect foundations is allowed.
- Public athletic fields may be watered as needed.
- The operation of ornamental fountains is permitted.
- Non-commercial car washing or other motor vehicles can be done only when using a water hose with a shutoff nozzle.
- Newly constructed pools, Jacuzzis and spas may be filled.
- Pools may be drained and refilled as needed (must follow proper water disposal methods).
- Hosing down or power washing sidewalks, driveways, patios, porches, parking areas or other similar paved surfaces is permitted.
- Golf courses may water as needed.
- Smart or ET Irrigation systems may operate as needed. A variance is required to operate smart/ET Irrigation systems.
Inspectors will respond to citizen complaints, which upon receipt will be dispatched to inspectors in the field for investigation/action.
Inspectors will also send notices when evidence of watering during prohibited times/days is observed. The purpose of the notice is to inform the violator that their sprinkler system is very likely operating on an inappropriate day or during an inappropriate time.
A defendant will not be required to appear in court if issued a citation for a first offense. A defendant may instead elect to plead ‘guilty’ or ‘no contest’ and pay a window fine of $150.
If a second (or subsequent) citation is issued or if a citation is written as an “aggravated offense,” the defendant will be required to appear before a municipal court judge.
Reporting Water Abuse
Residents are encouraged to report violations via the MyRichardson mobile application or by calling 972-744-4111.