Watering Schedule 

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 Current Water Restrictions

 

The City of Austin is currently in Conservation Stage Water Use Restrictions.

  • Residential
    • Hose-end Sprinklers - ​two days per week - midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight

    • Automatic Irrigation - one day per week - midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight (Residential customers may also water a second day with a hose-end sprinkler)

  • Commercial / Multi-family / Public Schools
    • Hose-end Sprinklers or Automatic Irrigation -​one day per week - midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight

  • Wasting water is prohibited

  • Washing vehicles at home is permitted with an auto shut-off hose or bucket

  • Charity car washes may only be held at a commercial car wash

  • Fountains must recirculate water

  • Restaurants may not serve water unless requested by a customer

  • Patio misters at commercial properties (including restaurants and bars) may only operate between 4 p.m. and midnight

  • Commercial power/pressure washing equipment must meet efficiency requirements

 
Exemptions

The following are allowed at any time on any day of the week:

  • Watering with drip irrigation, a hand-held hose or a refillable container

  • Watering trees with a Treegator®, soaker hose or automatic tree bubbler

  • Watering vegetable gardens with a soaker hose

  • Pressure washing sidewalk/driveway/deck/patio/paved areas/home siding/fence

 

Variances

In limited situations, Austin Water may be able to grant a variance from the water restrictions.

 

In limited situations, Austin Water may grant a variance from the water restrictions.  All variance requests must be submitted using the applications below. Variances are issued on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must follow the current watering schedule until Austin Water approves a variance.

See our frequently asked questions for more details. 

Types of Variances
  • New Xeriscape Landscape – for a newly installed xeriscape landscape design that requires a special watering schedule.
  • Large Property – for large residential or commercial property that cannot be completely watered under the current watering schedule (does not apply to new xeriscape landscape projects).
  • Environmental – to protect an endangered plant, animal, aquatic species, or critical environmental feature.
  • Health / Safety – to maintain the health, safety, well-being or cleanliness of the public or environment.
  • Income – for businesses whose primary source of income depends on using water outside of the watering schedule.
  • Medical / Disability – for a documented medical hardship or qualifying disability.
  • Tree Disease / Pest Control – to treat a tree for diseases or to control pests.

 

Variance Approved Plant List

Austin Water might approve other plants that are low or very low water use once established. Stabilization/erosion control plants also qualify for this variance.

Enforcement

Failing to follow the water restrictions may result in enforcement action, including fines of up to $500 per violation. To report violations, call 3-1-1, use the 3-1-1 mobile app, or submit a report online. Please provide the address, time, date, and type of violation.

Resources

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