Water Conservation, Drought and Restrictions

Fort Worth Water notified its wholesale customers that Stage 1 of the Drought Plan is lifted as of May 18, 2015.  See the communication here.  Year round water restrictions remain in effect.  Unless the Drought Management Plan is initiated, customers may water with sprinklers or irrigation systems twice per week.

Twice Per Week Watering Schedule
Last Digit of Residential Address Watering Days
0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 (even numbers) Wednesday and Saturday
1, 3, 5, 7, or 9 (odd numbers) Thursday and Sunday
Non-Residential Locations 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 on Mondays.
  • Watering with a hand-held hose or bucket can be done at any time or any day.

Violations of this plan are enforceable in accordance with Section XI of the Water Management and Drought Contingency Plan. These procedures include:

  • Written warning for a first violation.
  • $50 administrative penalty for second and subsequent violations.
  • Disconnection of service for a third violation with a $200 reconnection charge in addition to $50 administrative penalty.

Please contact us or call us at (682) 831-4600, option 2 for questions or more information. Residents watering on unscheduled days without a posted Variance Permit are subject to penalties. To report repeated violations of the water restrictions use this anonymous form or call us at 682-831-4600, option 2.We encourage all residents to use water wisely and follow the Lawn Whisperer on facebook for weekly watering advice. See the Water Conservation page for more information about saving water and money. For the most current information, subscribe to our email news service. Updates about drought, water restrictions, and other District news are normally sent weekly.

New Grass Variance Permit

If you are installing new grass sod or seed for the purpose of installing a new lawn, you can obtain a variance permit to allow daily watering for the first 30 days while it is being established.  Watering is NOT permitted on Mondays, even with the permit, but watering can occur Tuesday through Sunday with a permit.  To obtain a variance permit to display at your residence during the 30-day period please complete the Water Restrictions Variance Application and turn it in to the District office at 100 Municipal Drive.  You will be contacted when the Variance Permit is available for pickup.

For current information about Texas drought conditions and state water issues, please check out the following resources:

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has published  “Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution” about water supplies and the Texas economy.  Visit their website or download the PDF to read more about this important topic.

Map of Drought Conditions and other Texas Drought Information, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Draft 2017 State Water Plan, Texas Water Development Board

2012 State Water Plan, Texas Water Development Board

Information on Texas Drought and State Water Plan, H2O4TEXAS Coalition

NOAA outlooks, National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center

U.S. Drought Monitor maps and information, United States Drought Monitor