Water Conservation

Mandatory Conservation

The city's year-round Water Conservation Plan limits the use of sprinklers and irrigation systems to no more than twice per week following the schedule shown below. In addition, no watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any day, or when it is raining. Property owners should inspect sprinklers regularly to make sure none are broken, leaking, clogged or spraying in the wrong direction. 

Using water efficiently can help delay further water use restrictions. Should lake levels reach 75% of capacity, Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan will be triggered.  

Know Your Watering Schedule

Days of the Week Who Can Water
Monday No sprinkling / irrigation allowed
Tuesday & Friday Apartments, businesses, parks and common areas may water
Wednesday & Saturday Residential addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 may water
Thursday & Sunday Residential addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 may water

Did you know?

Power outages can affect some older brands of sprinkler timers, potentially causing increased water usage and higher water bills. If your sprinkler timer’s back-up battery is missing or dead, you may lose all of your program settings and the default settings on your timer will become active. Some default program waters every station, every start time, every day, for 10 minutes at midnight- often doubling water usage and water bills.

Make sure to check the settings on your sprinkler timer after a power outage. You may need to reprogram the timer and put in a fresh back-up battery. Changing the battery in your sprinkler timer every year, at the same time as you change your smoke alarm battery, can save you thousands of gallons of water.

Weekly Watering Advice

The watering needs of your lawn changes with the weather. Turn your irrigation system off when rain is in the forecast. Sign up to receive weekly watering advice from Save Tarrant WaterView more conservation tips.

Don't Over Water

If your lawn is lush and the grass springs back when stepped on, it doesn’t need more water. An inexpensive soil moisture sensor can show the amount of moisture at the lawn’s roots and discourage over watering. Also, consider upgrading to a WaterSense labeled irrigation system controller that saves water by automatically monitoring the weather and adjusting the irrigation timing as needed.  

Residential Sprinkler System Evaluation Program

Do you wonder how efficient your irrigation system is? Do you think you could be watering too much? Ever wanted advice from a licensed irrigation professional? The Residential Sprinkler System Evaluation Program can help.  You can also find a DIY video library of common sprinkler repairs from Save Tarrant Water.

Water Conservation Ordinance

On June 23, 2014 North Richland Hills updated its Water Conservation Plan and joined other Tarrant County communities in making outdoor watering restrictions permanent.