Lubbock lawn owners struggle with Stage 2 watering restrictions
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Monday was the second day of water restrictions and the codes department is cracking down. So we decided to do our own patrolling to see if people were breaking the law.
So far Lubbock is on track. Our first stop was to see Rosemary Trevino in her south Lubbock neighborhood. She admits she was confused about when she could or couldn't water.
"I love taking care of my yard so this water restriction was like, oh no, I'm not going to be able to have a beautiful lawn," Trevino said.
Trevino sought advice from LP&L. They advised her she was allowed to water by hand any day or anytime.
"It takes me five or ten minutes so that's not bad," she said.
However, if she wants to use a sprinkler system, that's a different story. Trevino's address ends with a 2, so any landscape irrigation must be on Wednesday, according to the City of Lubbock website. Basically, she can water on her day any time except from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The other limit? She can only use a maximum of 1.5 inches of water. To get an idea of how deep that is, put a tuna can in your yard. When one and a half of those fill up, that's all you can use.
Luckily, working on your yard can happen any day. Despite not being able to water, Don Williams is mowing his yard for the summer.
"It's going to be a struggle, but a lot of things are a struggle nowadays," Williams said.
We asked him if he knew his watering day. "1315 is my address, so the 5 says Friday," he said.
Turns out he was right.
But Juan Anaya just moved to Lubbock from Phoenix. He did not know his watering day.
"I didn't know there was a shortage of water. That's pretty bad," Anaya said.
He says he waters his lawn by hand anyway, so he won't be affected.
"It's better for your weeds so you don't over flood," he said.
If you are caught violating the water restrictions, you could face up to $200 in fines. To report a violation, call the water wasting hotline at (806) 775-3952.
The Stage 2 restrictions are:
Landscape irrigation may occur only between the hours of 6 p.m. – 10 a.m. from April 1 - September 30.
Landscape irrigation is restricted to one day per week. Irrigation schedules will be based on the last digit of the address: