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Drought Conditions

Stage 1 Drought Watering Restrictions in Effect

Due to recent rainfall, drought conditions are improving! The City of Arlington implemented Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency and Emergency Water Management Plan in June 2013 in response to Tarrant Regional Water District’s (TRWD) decision to begin watering restrictions. Lake levels were down to 60.2% in January 2015 and preparations were beginning for the implementation of Stage 2 drought watering restrictions. Today, due to the above-average spring rainfall we have received, the overall water supply system is close to 81 percent capacity.  Drought conditions and water supply will be monitored closely with summer temperatures and increased evaporation rates imminent.  A significant amount of rainfall is still needed to support our Western water supply lakes that are only at 50% capacity and for the Stage 1 drought designation to be lifted.  We want to avoid coming out and then going back into restrictions potentially a few weeks later to prevent communication issues with our customers.  We thank you for your patience and continued participation in this matter.

Arlington, along with the cities of Fort Worth and Mansfield, and the Trinity River Authority, purchases wholesale raw water from TRWD. The combined storage capacity supply is made up of Richland Chambers Reservoir, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Lake Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain Lake.

The goal of Stage 1 drought restrictions is to conserve water supplies until conditions improve by reducing current water consumption by 5 percent through outdoor irrigation efficiencies. It is estimated that 50 to 60 percent of all water use during the summer months is attributed to outdoor irrigation, which represents an area of significant and practical water savings potential.

Drought Map | Arlington Drought Contingency Plan

Stage 1 Drought Watering Restrictions Schedule:

Residential Customers

    • Addresses ending with Even Number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8)
      Wednesday | Saturday
    • Addresses ending with Odd Number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9)
      Thursday | Sunday

Commercial Customers

    • Apartments, Businesses, Medians and Common areas, Parks, etc.
      Tuesday | Friday

No outdoor watering with sprinklers between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Hand-held watering, drip irrigation, and soaker hoses may be used any day and anytime.

Stage 1 Drought Watering Restrictions include:

  • Two day allowable watering schedule based on service address
    • Wednesdays and Saturdays – residential addresses ending in an even number (0,2,4,6, or 8)
    • Thursdays and Sundays – residential addresses ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7, or 9)
    • Tuesdays and Fridays – all non-residential locations (apartments, businesses, parks, common areas, etc.)
    • Note: Be sure to set your start time on your allowable watering day and add up the total minutes of the total watering cycle to make sure that the scheduled irrigation event will end on the allowable watering day. For example, if your allowable watering day is Wednesday then all outdoor irrigation through sprinklers and irrigation systems must start and end between midnight Wednesday morning and 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night.
  • Establishing new turf is discouraged but not prohibited at this time.
    • If new hydromulch, grass sod, or grass seed is installed for the purpose of establishing a new lawn, there are no watering restrictions for the first 30 days while it is being established. After that, the watering restrictions apply.
    • An official variance to water a new landscape is not necessary at this time but it may help with any concerns received to provide some details about the extra watering. Please let us know when and where your new landscape was installed at email or 817-459-6628.
    • Consider placing a sign that states, “Establishing New Lawn,” if the area that will be watered outside of the maximum two-day schedule is highly visible to the public.
    • Be sure to slowly transition to the two-day watering schedule towards the end of the 30 day establishing timeframe.
    • This exception does not include over seeding with rye since turf already exists.
  • No outdoor watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Hand-held watering, drip irrigation, and soaker hoses may be used any day and any time.
  • Foundations and new shrubs and new trees can be watered up to 2 hours every day with soaker hoses or drip irrigation.
  • Water waste is prohibited. Be sure to inspect irrigation systems for broken sprinkler heads, runoff and leaks.
  • Hosing of paved areas and buildings is discouraged at this time.
  • Washing of any vehicle is limited to the use of a hand-held bucket or hand-held hose with a shutoff nozzle. Vehicle washing may be done at any time at a commercial car wash.
  • Draining and refilling of swimming pools is discouraged but not prohibited at this time.
  • Customers are encouraged to upgrade landscapes this fall with Texas native and drought tolerant plants using Texas Smartscape® principles.


Reservoirs Level: 81% (as of 05/01/15)

When the combined capacity of Tarrant Regional Water District’s system reservoirs reach 60%, Stage 2 of the Drought Plan will be implemented.

Residential Stage 1 DroughtWatering Restrictions Schedule

Addresses ending with Even Number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8)

Wednesday | Saturdays

Addresses ending with Odd Number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9)

Thursdays | Sundays

Commercial Stage 1 DroughtWatering Restrictions Schedule

Apartments, Businesses, Medians and Common areas, Parks, etc.

Tuesdays | Fridays