Enforcement of Watering Restrictions

The City of Southlake is committed to protecting a valuable resource ... your drinking water. Preventing water waste and failure to prevent water waste will be enforced through the Water Conservation Plan.

What is Water Waste? 

Water is considered wasted when it is not used efficiently in the manner it was intended to be used. In the case of irrigation systems, the water is intended to be used to help landscape survive in dry conditions. When the sprinkler system lets water run off into a parking lot or street, it's being wasted.Per the Southlake Water Conservation Plan adopted by Ordinance 895-C. 

Water Waste

This is a list of ways water is considered wasted:

  • Operating an irrigation system more than the prescribed twice-per-week schedule.
  • Operating after 10:00 AM or before 6:00 PM on your prescribed day. More than 50% of your water will simply evaporate before hitting the ground during these warmer hours.
  • Operating an irrigation system longer than is needed to saturate the ground, allowing water to run off onto paved surfaces. 
  • Operating an irrigation system during precipitation or during freezing weather. There are many rain/freeze sensors that you can install on your system to prevent this water waste from occurring.
  • Operating a broken or misaligned irrigation system that allows water to accumulate on paved surfaces more than 1/4" or runoff more than 50 ft from the original source. Try the W.I.S.E. Guys program to get your system operating efficiently.

Reporting water waste

Have you observed water waste, and would like to report it? Use the water waste report form to easily make a report. You can also contact Southlake Planning and Development Services at (817) 748-8621 during business hours, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  

How do we enforce water waste compliance? 

Once a code compliance officer has identified an offense, the officer will determine the status of the property's compliance record. Check out our list of common violations, and learn how to avoid them. 

First offense: A sign will be left on the property and the City will follow with a letter addressing the party on record responsible for the water bill. You are highly encouraged to identify the cause of the offense and correct it immediately. You may appeal to have this warning waived by completing the following watering violation appeal form. 

Second offense: A sign will be left on the property, however, the City will NOT send a follow up letter on the second offense. You are highly encouraged to identify the cause of the offense and correct it immediately. You may appeal to have this warning waived by completing the following watering violation appeal form. 

Third offense:  A citation to the party on record responsible for the water bill will be issued. Municipal Court will mail the citation to the corresponding party's address. The officer will not leave a sign on the property. Upon receipt of a third offense, all correspondence must be addressed through the Municipal Court. Please contact the Municipal Court at (817) 748-8188 with any questions.