In University Park, outdoor watering by automatic sprinkler systems is limited to twice a week, year-round.
The City also prohibits the use of outdoor watering systems from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from April 1 to October 31.
Watering days determined by street address
Consistent with ordinances in many other area communities, outdoor watering days are determined by street address.
Even - Residents with addresses ending in an even number can use automatic sprinkler son Sundays and Thursdays.
Odd - Addresses ending in an odd number can use automatic sprinklers on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Multi-family addresses and office buildings will water using their lowest street address number.
Watering restriction exemptions
Residents can water at any time of the day or night, and on any day of the week with a hand-held hose, a drip irrigation device, soaker hose or watering can.
Automatic sprinkler systems can be used during the repair or testing of a new or existing system and to irrigate newly planted landscapes within 30 days of installation.
Automatic sprinklers can be used to irrigate athletic fields used for organized sports to protect the health and safety of the players, staff and officials present for athletic events.
Sprinkler systems that are not connected to the City's water system are exempt from outdoor watering restrictions.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department watered its 60 acres of park space and other landscaped areas, including medians on a twice-a-week schedule (meaning no zone is activated more than twice a week). Because the City’s irrigation system includes more than 50 water controllers, it’s possible you may see an irrigation malfunction before a City staff member does. If you notice a problem, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 214-987-5488 or dial 3-1-1.
Reporting a watering violation
If you see a watering violation, notify the City using our online request system or call 3-1-1. So that staff can follow-up to seek compliance, please include the address, day and time of the violation.
How much should you water?
To encourage strong root growth Texas horticulturists recommend applying 1 inch of water a week. For most automatic sprinkler systems that’s accomplished in about 15 minutes per station. Given that figure, many systems are set to water twice a week for 7-and-a-half minutes per station. Experts also suggest watering long enough to wet the soil to a depth of six inches. You can use a garden spade or a soil probe to measure the depth of the wet soil and then adjust sprinkler times accordingly. More helpful information is linked below.
Has it rained recently? Put a rain gauge in your yard. If you get 3/4 to 1 inch of rain in a week, you can skip your next lawn watering.
Reducing water waste
Soil types and sprinkler system application rates determine how quickly runoff occurs. To reduce water waste and prevent runoff, monitor your lawn for a few irrigation cycles to see how long it takes before water is running onto the sidewalk or into the street.
Keeping lawns and landscaping “healthy” in the winter
Because most lawns, trees, shrubs and other landscape plants are dormant they need little water during the winter season. Additionally, perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables can be watered when they need it.
Helpful Links and Guides
Texas A&M AgriLife
Cycle and Soak (Video)
A Water Guide for Texas Landscapes (PDF)
Parks - Irrigation system maintenance & signage
Parks and Recreation Department staff members routinely check all park irrigation systems. System checks and repairs are conducted during the workday. When this work is being performed, staff will place signs in the park to let people know why the sprinklers are in use. System checks are usually short in duration.
Notify the City if you spot a problem
Parks and other landscaped areas including medians are programmed to receive water no more than twice a week. Because the City’s irrigation system includes more than 50 water controllers, it’s possible you may see an irrigation malfunction before a City staff member does. If you notice a problem, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 214-987-5488 or dial 3-1-1.
Planting/Gardening Tips and Water Conservation
The City of University Park and the Town of Highland Park are partnering with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension on four information-packed programs for those interested in landscaping and water conservation. The first program was on September 1. All programs are free of charge, but attendees are asked to RSVP and register for each program.
Other free programs will be held in December, and in 2016 in March and June.
December 1, 2015 Shade Gardening
Do you have areas in your landscape where nothing grows because there is not enough sunlight? Come learn a new way to landscape for shade. RSVP for this program
March 1, 2016 Native and Adaptive Plants
This program covers a selection of minimal water use plants that are native and adaptive and ideal for a sustainable landscape or garden. You will learn proper soil preparation, proper planning, and native and adaptive plant selection. RSVP for this program
June 2, 2016 Smart Watering During Restrictions
Get smarter with your watering habits. This program will give you a general overview on Drip Irrigation, New Water Conserving Technologies, Cycle and Soak, Lawn Care during drought, Foundation Watering, Tree watering, Irrigation Scheduling and Rainwater harvesting. RSVP for this program
Conserve | Preserve Yard Sign available now!
Pick up a water conservation sign to display in your yard. Just visit City Hall, the Peek Service Center or UP Public Library during weekday business hours. The signs are free. One per household. You will be asked to show ID. Please remember that City ordinance prohibits placing signs in parkway areas, between the sidewalk and curb.