In addition to North Texas temperatures testing the resilience of the grid, the lack of rain has resulted in the drought of 2022. While some have sacrificed their lawns to save on their water bills, others have been the victims of brush fires destroying their homes and property like Monday’s Balch Springs scorched earth episode.
At the other end of the drought spectrum are folks who think they’re tending their lawns by watering religiously. But they may actually be going against their area’s mandated water restrictions.
For example, since April 23, 2012, the city of Dallas has had the following standards on the books that apply from April 1 to October 31 yearly:
- No watering on Mondays
- Addresses with the last digit being an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may water on Sunday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.
- Addresses with the last digit being an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may water on Saturday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.
- Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems is strictly prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The exception is hand watering and soaker hoses will be permitted at any time.
While these restrictions apply to Dallas, you might want to check your own community’s POA.