City of Abilene

Current Water Conservation Plan Restrictions

As declared by the Mayor of Abilene

Read the Full Text of the Water Conservation Plan (PDF)

(Effective October 3, 2011)

Landscape Watering Schedule During the one day a week watering schedule, a customer’s watering day is determined by the last digit of the house number or property address. Multi-unit properties will use the lowest address number. Customers on rural routes will use the last number of their post office box number or their route number if they do not have a post office box number. Customers at Ft. Phantom Lake will use the last number of their lake lot. Customers in trailer parks will use the last number of their lot number.

Designated Watering Days - Residential

Last digit of 7 or 8
Last digit of 9
Last digit of 0
Last digit of 1
Last digit of 2
Last digit of 3 or 4
Last digit of 5 or 6

Designated Watering Days - Non-Residential
(industrial, commercial, government customers, public and private schools and universities)

Last digit of 9
Last digit of 0, 5 or 6
Last digit of 1, 7 or 8
Last digit of 2
Last digit of 3 or 4

Permitted Watering Times During Current Water Conservation Plan
Watering Times

Any landscape with sprinklers or drip irrigation can be watered between 12 midnight to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. until midnight on designated watering days.

Shrubs, trees, flowerbeds and gardens may be watered anytime with a hand-held hose, bucket or drip irrigation system.

Turf may be watered anytime on any day with a hand-held hose or faucet-filled container of five gallons or less.

New lawns that have been seeded (not to include re-seeding or overseeding existing turf), sodded or mulched may be watered daily for eight minutes once during each of the following periods: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and at regular intervals between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. for a maximum of three weeks. To qualify under this section, new lawns are those installed in conjunction with the construction of a new residence and for a period 6 months thereafter or the re-tilling of an area equaling at least 50% of an existing yard. Please notify the Water Service office at 676-6000 when you plan to begin irrigation of a new lawn.

Landscape irrigation Rules for all landscapes with any irrigation technique during current one day a week watering schedule:

  • On designated watering day one time a week, 12 midnight to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 12 midnight
  • A drip irrigation system may only be used to irrigate LAWNS on designated days at designated times

  • Shrubs, trees, flowerbeds, gardens may be watered:

  • Anytime with hand-held hose, bucket or drip system

  • Personal Vehicle Washing Allowed:

  • Use hose with on/off nozzles and bucket
  • -OR- at commercial car wash.
  • Water run-off more than 75 feet is not permitted.

  • Charity Car Washes
    Charity Car Washes are prohibited.

    Refilling swimming pools Allowed:

    To maintenance level only on designated watering days.

    Ornamental fountains Allowed with recycling device - refill on designated watering days.

    Use from hydrants Allowed:

  • Fire fighting or other public safety/welfare
  • With written approval on case-by-case basis for land development or construction

  • Waste Prohibited:

  • Water running more than 75 feet down gutter or alley
  • Failure to repair leak
  • Operating a permanently installed irrigation system with a broken sprinkler head; a sprinkler head spraying over a street or parking lot because it is out of adjustment; or a sprinkler head that is misting due to high pressure

  • Penalties
  • First Offense: Minimum $50
  • Second Offense: Minimum $75
  • Subsequent Offenses: Minimum $250
  • Termination of water service for repeat violations: Reconnect fee of $250
  • Failure to pay penalty: $250 which can be applied to water bill
  • Fraudulent mis-representation of well water use: $500

  • Report misuse by calling

    the Water Office at 676-6000.

    Other Allowances
  • Use of private well water is not regulated by City of Abilene water restrictions. A "Well Water" sign that is visible from the street must be posted
  • Users with open green spaces may submit irrigation plan to Director of Abilene Water Utility

  • Need More Information?
    Phone 676-6405


    Updated: September 29, 2011