Water Restrictions

Seasonal Update on Landscape Watering:  Time to Turn Off Sprinkler Systems and Prepare Landscapes for Winter

NTMWDNews Release

WYLIE, TX – Nov. 9, 2017: The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) encourages residents and business owners to turn off irrigation systems and only water when needed this winter. As lawns and landscapes transition into dormancy during late fall, rainfall usually provides enough water.

NTMWD’s winter guidelines of watering only if necessary are in effect now through March 31, 2018. Using less water during the winter months helps extend the region’s water supplies to meet future needs.

“Keeping irrigation systems turned off until the spring also helps prevent unintended watering that can freeze on streets and sidewalks in extreme cold weather conditions,” said Denise Hickey, NTMWD Water Resource Program and Public Education Manager.

NTMWD recommends homeowners check for and repair any leaking outside faucets. Covering and insulating outside faucets can prevent frozen or broken pipes.

Texas A&M AgriLife recommends property owners add mulch or compost to landscapes and around trees.Covering exposed soil with two to four inches of mulch helps maintain soil moisture and protects roots.

The free online tool www.WaterMyYard.org will help residents know when to water and when to wait based on local weather conditions.


The North Texas Municipal Water District is a regional wholesale provider of water, wastewater and solid waste disposal services for approximately 1.6 million residents across 10 counties – a service territory covering 2,200 square miles. For more information, visit NTMWD.com.

In 2009, the City of Sachse approved Ordinance 3128, adopting the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) Model Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan as official City policy for the conservation of water.

In 2014, NTMWD approved an updated plan, and the landscape watering guidelines specified in that plan are now in place for City of Sachse residents:

  1. November 1 - March 31
  2. April 1 - October 31

NTMWDWinter Watering Guidelines : Water Only If Necessary

Follow One Day per Week schedule for necessary watering

  • Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems at each service address to no more than one day per week beginning November 1 and ending March 31 of each year, with education that less than once per week is usually adequate.

Watering Schedule

Residential with irrigation or sprinkler systems watering schedule:

  • Permitted on your regular designated trash day 

HOA and Commercial watering schedule: All addresses:

  • Permitted on your regular designated trash day 

Prohibited water use

  • Prohibit lawn irrigation watering from 10 AM to 6 PM.
  • Prohibit the use of irrigation systems that water impervious surfaces. (Wind driven water drift will be taken into consideration.)
  • Prohibit outdoor watering during precipitation or freeze events.
  • Prohibit excess runoffs or other obvious wastes including hosing paved areas, buildings and/or windows


  • Non-commercial car washing can be done only when using a water hose with a shut-off nozzle
  • Landscape associated with new construction may be watered as necessary for 30 days from the installation of new landscape features
  • Watering of foundations, new landscaping, new plantings (first year) shrubs, and trees (within a ten foot radius of its trunk) may be watered by hand-held hose, use of dedicated irrigation drip zones, and/or soaker hose provided no runoff occurs.
  • Additional watering of landscape may be provided by hand-held hose with shutoff nozzle, used of dedicated irrigation drip zones, and/or soaker hose provided no runoff occurs.

These guidelines are to be followed unless a drought emergency is declared, in which case the restrictions will be more stringent. The specific criteria which would trigger a drought emergency are outlined in the NTMWD 2014 Water Plan,