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How to Save Your Lawn During a Drought


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Due to the harsh drought in Central Texas this summer, the City Of Austin has implemented Stage 2 watering restrictions for residential homeowners and commercial customers with violations of an official warning followed by a $475 fine if the violation is not corrected.

The mandatory restrictions inlcude the following:

  • Watering allowed 1 day per week for all Austin Water customers
  • Hand-watering allowed anytime
  • No automatic-irrigation after 10 a.m. on designated watering day
  • Vehicle washing on designated day before 10 a.m.
  • No charity car washes
  • No automatic fill valves for pools or ponds
  • No outdoor fountains except to provide aeration for aquatic life
  • No water to be served at restaurants unless requested
  • No washing of sidewalks, driveways, parking areas or other paved areas

Since Stage 2 watering restrictions limit watering only once a day, many Austin residents will want to know how to stop their lawn from frying. The reality is lawns only need to be watered once a week as long as it’s watered deeply with 1 inch of water. To know how long to water, place an empty tuna can in the middle of your lawn. Turn the water on and wait until the can is full with water (or water hits the 1 inch mark) to turn the water off. Prevent runoff by running through the sprinkler cycle twice instead of running individual stations for longer.

More information can be found on the City Of Austin’s water conservation website.

Apply for a free water audit here.

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