Stage 3 Water Restrictions

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Stage 3 Water Restrictions

Effective November 1, 2014,  watering of lawns/landscapes is limited to once every two weeks

At the request of the North Texas Municipal Water District, Stage 3 water restrictions remain in effect due to below average rainfall and declining water levels of NTMWD reservoirs. 

The restrictions in Mesquite include limited outdoor watering by residents and businesses to limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems to once every two weeks between November 1 and March 31, 2015. Mesquite is focusing on public education and is asking  customers to be efficient with their use of outdoor watering to help preserve the NTMWD water supply. 

 Specific to the City of Mesquite: 

● Lawn  watering is allowed once every two weeks (residents and businesses may choose their watering day). Watering days are limited to week days only and watering is not allowed on Saturday or Sunday
● Foundations and trees may be watered up to two hours daily with a soaker hose (irrigation/sprinkler system used for this purpose is not allowed).
● Pools may not be drained and refilled. Water lost through normal operation and evaporation may be replaced.  If draining for mechanical/structural repairs, a variance can be applied for from the Water Utilities Manager. Please
email [email protected] to request a variance request form.
● Operation of malfunctioning sprinkler system, excessive runoff, or any waste of water is prohibited.
● Vegetable gardens may be watered as needed.

Residents and businesses are asked to: 
Water lawns and landscaping only on weekdays. No outdoor watering on 
Saturdays or Sundays. 

Turn off the automatic setting on irrigation systems and only water as needed.  During winter months, lawns go dormant and rainfall is usually sufficient for winter months.

For questions or to report violations: 972-329-8533 or by email at: [email protected]

Helpful Tips During Water Restrictions

Here are some tips to help your landscaping make it through the summer during the outdoor watering restrictions:

1.  Mow only as required utilizing a very sharp blade. City Code section 10-127 requires grass and weeds to be shorter than eight (8) inches in height in the yard, alley and easement.

2.  Eliminate fertilizing after the month of June.

3.  Eliminate any herbicide treatments now and any planned pre-emergent herbicides use in the Fall as they are stressful to landscaping.

4.  Make sure to apply a balanced fertilizer in October to help turf grass and shrubs through the winter and to be ready for the Spring.

5.  When watering, ensure the watering is done in multiple, short cycles with a 30-minute to a one hour break between run cycles to ensure deep penetration of water into soil. This allows for a stronger root system. For more information on how to water:  IRRIGATION TIPS VIDEOS

6.  Do not prune trees or shrubs unless there is a safety hazard or are absolutely necessary.

Finally, just stand back and let turf grass, landscape and trees weather the water restrictions with little interaction, just as they do in nature. Many plants will turn brown and go into summer dormancy as they try to conserve energy to protect the root system for survival.