The City of Richardson will continue modified Stage 3 water restrictions through the summer due to critical shortages at North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) water supply reservoirs. The restrictions allow Richardson property owners to irrigate outdoors on the first and third Saturday or Sunday of the month dependent on property address. Summer water restrictions also prevent outdoor irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In past years the City has been able to alleviate restrictions during the spring and summer to allow once-per-week watering, but the NTMWD has given direction to all of its member cities to continue emergency Stage 3 restrictions because of the lack of rain during the spring and uncertainty of precipitation during the coming dry season during the summer.
The schedule below is based on guidelines approved by the NTMWD:
First and third Saturday of the month
(irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- No outdoor watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or during times of precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, etc.).
- Excessive water runoff from any landscaped area onto any impervious surfaces is prohibited.
Exemptions - The following water usage is exempt from Stage 3 restrictions:
- Use of drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses to protect foundations is allowed. Recommended maximum 2 hours when needed and not during precipitation periods.
- Hand watering of ornamental flower beds and other ornamental landscaping is allowed; hand watering of lawns is prohibited.
- Public athletic fields may be watered as needed.
- The operation of ornamental fountains is permitted.
- Washing of vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. is permitted.
- Newly constructed swimming pools, Jacuzzis and spas may be filled.
- Pools may be drained and refilled for repairs as needed (must follow proper water disposal methods).
- Existing swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and spas may be replenished to maintain operational levels.
- Commercial full-service or self-service car wash facilities, including those at service stations and automobile dealership facilities is permitted.
- Washing or hosing down of sidewalks, driveways, patios, porches, parking areas or other similar paved surfaces is permitted.
- Activities utilizing other sources of water (wastewater, effluent, natural water springs, ponds or deep water wells) are permitted.
- Golf courses may water greens and tee boxes as needed.
- Smart irrigation and drip irrigation systems water as needed.
- Hydroseeding, hydromulching and sprigging is permitted.
The City’s Community Services Department has inspectors on duty 18 hours a day, seven days a week to enforce watering restrictions. Inspectors will proactively canvass neighborhoods and commercial areas to identify violations as well as 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 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 offence. 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.