The City of North Richland Hills reminds you that lawns and other landscaping plants need less water this time of year. Lawns go dormant and landscape watering needs are dramatically reduced in winter months. Half an inch of water about every two weeks during the winter months will keep your lawn healthy. If we receive plenty of rainfall, there is no need to irrigate.
Making seasonal adjustments to your irrigation system is not only good for your lawn, it also reduces your monthly water bill. Your monthly sewer fee is recalculated each year based on the amount of water used during the winter months.
Since wastewater is not metered, the sewer fee is determined by averaging the amount of water that is used at your home during December, January and February. These months provide a better picture of indoor water/sewer usage as compared to summer months when more water is used for irrigation, swimming pools and other outdoor uses. The new sewer average is calculated each March and is applied to your bill starting in April of each year.
When adjusting your irrigation system for winter, keep in mind that mandatory water conservation is in place in North Richland Hills year round. You may water lawns and landscaping no more than twice per week, or less, based on the following schedule:
- Residential addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 may water Wednesday and Saturday.
- Residential addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 may water Thursday and Sunday.
- Businesses, apartments, parks, medians, other common areas may water Tuesday and Friday.
- No outdoor watering is allowed on Monday or between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any day.
The City of North Richland Hills also reminds you to inspect sprinkler heads regularly to make sure none are missing, broken, leaking, clogged, pushed too far into the ground or spraying in the wrong direction. When rain or freezing temperatures are expected, turn your sprinkler system off. Newer irrigation systems come equipped with rain and freeze sensors. Sensors should be checked periodically to verify they are still operating.
For more water conservation tips, please visit www.nrhtx.com/conservation. If you have questions about your water bill, please call the Water Department at 817-427-6200.