Austin Water implemented Stage 2 Regulations in September 2012, and they remain in effect. This is in response to the combined storage in lakes Travis and Buchanan reaching the 900,000 acre-foot trigger in the Drought Contingency Plan.
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Your assigned watering day is determined by property type, type of irrigation used, and whether the street address ends in an even or odd number.
Hose-end irrigation may take place between midnight and 10 a.m. and between 7 p.m. and midnight on your assigned watering day.
Automatic irrigation systems may operate between midnight and 5 a.m. and between 7 p.m. and midnight on your watering day.
Please reduce system run times to fit within this schedule.
Please ensure that your system has a working rain sensor, or operate the system manually when rain is forecasted.
Watering with a hand-held hose or a refillable watering vessel, such as a bucket or a Treegator®, is allowed at any time on any day of the week.
Drip irrigation is exempt from the schedule, due to increased efficiency.
To water trees, soaker hoses may be used under the drip-line of the tree canopy or you may use automatic tree bubblers. Irrigating trees in this manner is exempt from the watering schedule
Watering a vegetable garden with a soaker hose is exempt from the watering schedule.
Washing vehicles at home is prohibited. If you need to wash a vehicle, you may do so at a commercial carwash facility.
Charity car washes are prohibited
Fountains with either a fall or spray of water greater than four inches are prohibited unless necessary to preserve aquatic life.
Restaurants may not serve water unless requested by a customer
Commercial properties (including restaurants and bars) may only operate patio misters between 4 p.m. and midnight.
Wasting water is prohibited year-round. To ensure you do not waste water, be mindful of leaking faucets, pipes, and irrigation systems operating with misdirected or broken sprinkler heads. Find out more about available Rebates and Programs to help save water and get information about detecting water-wasting leaks.
Violation of the restrictions will first result in an official warning. Additional violations are subject to an administrative fine, which increases with repeated offenses and more severe drought conditions. During Stage 2, residential fines start at $75 per violation and commercial fines begin at $200 per violation; a complete fine schedule can be seen here. Report violations by calling 3-1-1.