Conserving Water For A Beautiful Lawn

The City of Lubbock has once again put its outdoor water restrictions in place for the upcoming summer months. Don’t think that these rules will prohibit you from having an envious lawn for spring and summer; it is just the opposite! You should willingly embrace these restrictions by knowing that you’re playing a significant role in conserving our natural water sources here in West Texas. Here’s a layout of the spring and summer restrictions and what you can do to save even more water while still having a pristine lawn!

City of Lubbock Water Restrictions:

The restrictions began April 1st and will continue through September 30th.

When watering, citizens can water up to 1.5 inches per zone per week. On your scheduled watering days, irrigation is allowed from midnight to 10 am and from 6 pm to midnight.

One of the most crucial points is that no irrigation is allowed between 10 am and 6 pm. This time is typically the hotter and windier part of the day. So much water-loss happens between those hours that any attempt to irrigate would waste water.

These irrigation schedules are set in place so that you can irrigate on two assigned days per week during the restrictions. The structured plans depend on the last digit of the address:

  • Addresses ending in 0, 3, 4, or 9 irrigate Monday and Thursday
  • Addresses ending in 1, 5, or 6 irrigate Tuesday and Friday
  • Addresses ending in 2, 7, or 8 irrigate Wednesday and Saturday
  • No watering on Sundays

For next fall and winter, you may want to keep this upcoming schedule in mind. The restrictions will begin on October 1st and will be in effect through March 31st.

When planning your watering days, and how much water you will be using, make a note only to irrigate less than 1 inch per zone per week. On your scheduled watering days, you can water at any time of day.  

The City of Lubbock also has some year-round restrictions.

First, you can only irrigate when temperatures are above 35 degrees Fahrenheit. You can irrigate the landscape, but not cause runoff, so don’t overwater! When it’s raining, or other precipitation events are occurring, please do not water your lawn. However, hand watering is allowed at any time of the day.

For other ways to conserve water, the City of Lubbock has a whole page devoted to saving water and offers basic irrigation tips. But for a sophisticated edge in watering, see what Watermaster can do for you during these upcoming warmer months.

Summer Irrigation Made Easy

Besides planting drought-resistant plants and trees, you can manage your water usage more efficiently by adjusting the controller for your irrigation system. Most irrigation controllers are designed to run on a timer that you manually program. Need help setting up your irrigation system? Check out our Irrigation Product Manuals.  

Watermaster also offers a wireless, Wifi-enabled system called Hydrawise™, which allows you to monitor and track your water use remotely. Through weather forecasts and history, the monitor uses Predictive Watering to accurately know how much water to use depending on the circumstances. Pretty cool, huh?

So, not only could you be conserving water through the City of Lubbock’s restrictions, but through a smart system that will save you money as well! Just because there are restrictions on water usage in West Texas does not mean that you and your lawn should have to suffer. With smart choices, drought-resistant plants, grasses, and trees, and help from your local irrigation and water experts at Watermaster, it should be a happy and beautiful summer.

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