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Water-Wise Tips for Summer


Water — we need it, our lawns and plants need it, and if we form wise usage habits now, we can count on our supply being available for generations to come.

The Lawn and Landscape Irrigation and Waste Water Ordinance, which can be viewed in its entirety at www.cityofdenton.com/water, focuses on teaching residents and businesses more conscious ways to utilize our water. The ordinance prohibits the watering of lawns and landscapes between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from June 1 through Sept. 30.

In addition to only watering between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m., you can also help reduce the water demand this summer by following these water-wise irrigation quick tips:

  • Water no more than twice a week to encourage strong, deep root systems, which are better equipped to withstand the extreme Texas heat. 
  • Do not water paved areas. Waterflow into the road or walkway indicates overwatering or broken or misaligned sprinkler heads. 
  • Install water-wise landscaping. Choose native plants to reduce your irrigation needs and mulch in landscape beds to retain moisture. 
  • Use efficient irrigation. Consider drip irrigation and efficient sprinkler heads to minimize waste.
  • Check your irrigation system for leaks on a regular basis and contact a licensed professional to repair broken or leaking systems.
  • Utilize a smart system to detect moisture levels or rain totals and only water when necessary.