Stage 3 Update:
City extends twice monthly watering

***** Stage 3 *****

At the request of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the City of Mesquite, along with the other NTMWD member and customer cities, is extending the following Stage 3 restrictions effective April 1st, 2014. Due to below average rainfall and declining water levels of NTMWD reservoirs, landscape watering is limited to twice monthly with subsequent monthly extensions considered by the NTMWD. Citizens are asked to check this web site frequently for monthly updates.

  • Lawn/landscape watering is only allowed twice monthly based on customer's address. Watering is NOT allowed between 10 am and 6 pm.
    Addresses Ending in Day of Week Week of Month
    0 & 1 Mondays 1st and 3rd
    4 & 5 Wednesdays 1st and 3rd
    8 & 9 Fridays 1st and 3rd
    2 & 3 Tuesdays 2nd and 4th
    6 & 7 Thursdays 2nd and 4th
  • Foundations and first-year trees and shrubs may be watered up to 2 hours any day with a handheld or soaker hose before 10 am and after 6 pm.
  • Operation of malfunctioning sprinkler system, excessive runoff, or any waste of water is prohibited.
  • Swimming pools may not be drained and refilled without a variance from the City.
  • Washing or hosing of paved areas, buildings or windows is prohibited. However, pressure washing is allowed.
  • Washing of vehicles is allowed at a commercial car wash or with the use of a hose end cut-off nozzle.

For questions or to report violations: 972-329-8533

or email: stage3@cityofmesquite.com

For a complete list of restrictions: Please click here.

There are several steps residents and businesses can take to help maintain a healthy landscape during this time of diminished water supplies.

Below are some tips to help maintain your landscape while minimizing your outdoor water use during the period of Stage 3 water management strategies.
  • New plantings, even native and drought-tolerant species, require a significant amount of water to effectively establish a root structure in their new location. It is recommended that you delay any plans for new landscaping.
  • Apply water directly to the roots. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems apply water directly to the root system, where plants need it most. This helps reduce the amount of water that is lost through evaporation, and it can also help save money on your water bill.
  • Limit fertilizer use. This will help reduce the amount of nitrogen in your lawn. Nitrogen encourages new growth in turfgrass, and new growth requires more water to maintain.
  • Eliminate runoff. If water is beginning to puddle on your lawn or flow into the street, stop irrigating to allow time for your lawn to absorb the excess water. You may have to adjust your sprinkler heads or set your irrigation system to cycle on and off to ensure that your lawn uses every drop of water efficiently.
  • Check your sprinkler system. Inspect the main control unit, rain/freeze sensors and sprinkler heads to update your watering settings, eliminate leaks and fix any misdirected or broken sprinkler heads.

For more information on How to Keep Your Yard Alive Without Wasting Water, please visit:

The lawn watering restrictions are part of the City of Mesquite's water conservation initiative. The City of Mesquite encourages all residents to conserve water in their homes and in their landscaping every day of the year. To view the Water Conservation Plan and Ordinance : the Water Conservation Ordinance

View water elevations for Lake Lavon and Jim Chapman Lake (Cooper)

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