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 sprinklers on 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.
Park Cities part of Water My Yard program
Do I need to water my yard? University Park residents now have a convenient way to definitively answer that question. Sponsored by Dallas County Park Cities Municipal Utilities District, the Park Cities are now part of the Water My Yard program. Offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, this free online tool helps you determine how much supplemental water is needed to maintain a healthy lawn year-round. Estimates are based on rainfall, temperature, and the type of irrigation system you use.
It only takes a few short steps to begin receiving automated emails or text-messages with weekly guidance that is based on weather and soil conditions near your home.
Sign-Up for Water My Yard
More than 50 percent of landscape water is wasted due to overwatering, inefficient watering practices and broken or poorly maintained irrigation systems. Water My Yard will help you determine exactly how much to water, conserving water resources for the future and saving you money right now.
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.
Texan Plants - September 18, 2018
The City of University Park and the Town of Highland Park are partnering with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension on information-packed programs to assist those interested in landscaping and water conservation. The next program takes place on Tuesday, September 18. It is free of charge, but attendees are asked to register and RSVP (coming).
September 18, 2018 - Texan Plants
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - HP Town Hall - 4700 Drexel Drive, Highland Park
There's a growing tend to incorporate native plants in landscapes not only for their ability to save water, but for the incredible beauty and the countless ecosystem services they provide! Learn how to grow our favorite native wildflowers, trees, shrubs and perennials to make your garden the envy of the neighborhood.