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)
Stage 2 Water Warning
Outdoor Water Restrictions: Once every Two Weeks
Landscape Watering Schedule Bi-weekly watering as prescribed in Stage 2 will occur according to location in the east or west sides of the city, bounded on the north side of the city by Grape St. and ten Pine St. to the north city limits (north of Grape St.) and on the south side of the city by Sayles Blvd. to Buffalo Gap Road and then Buffalo Gap Road to the south city limits (See MAP).

Designated watering days will continue to be determined by the last digit of the property’s address:

Last Digit
Watering Day
 7 or 8*
 Every other Sunday
 Every other Monday
 Every other Tuesday
 Every other Wednesday
 Every other Thursday
 3 or 4
 Every other Friday
 5 or 6*
 Every other Saturday

* The following provisions for non-residential customers have been made to correlate with regular weekday business hours: Non-residential customers with addresses ending in 7 or 8 will water every other Wednesday. Non-residential customers with addresses ending in 5 or 6 will water every other Tuesday.

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.

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: $100
    Second Offense: $150
    Subsequent Offenses: Minimum $500

    Termination of water service for repeat violations: Reconnect Fee = $250

    Failure to pay penalty: $250 which can be applied to the water bill

    Fraudulent misrepresentation of water well: $500


    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

  • Report Violations Call 676-6000
    Need More Information?
    Phone 676-6405


    Updated: October 22, 2014