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City Of Lubbock Releases Guidelines For New Water Ordinance

The amended Irrigation Ordinance passed by the City Council will go into effect on Saturday, May 15th, 2004.

Beginning that day, you cannot water your lawn between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time.

Watering your lawn is also prohibited during freezing weather (when the temperature is 35 degrees fahrenheit or below), during rainfall, which is defined as one-quarter inch of rainfall in a 24-hour period.

Variances to the ordinance are granted under the following four circumstances:

  1. When a new irrigation system is being tested.
  2. When newly-installed plant material (sod, trees, shrubs, etc.) must be watered following installation.
  3. When a subsurface or soaker hose system is used.
  4. When using a hose by hand (the water hose must be attended at all times) the ordinance also establishes guidelines for installing and operating irrigation systems.

These guidelines are:

  • The systems must be designed so that it will not operate during freezing weather or rainfall or create a hazard to vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
  • Spray or rotary sprinkler heads within landscaped areas four feet in width or less that are adjacent to public rights-of-way or impervious areas that drain to public rights-of-way are not allowed.
  • System operation outside the manufacturer's recommended pressure range or without a back flow preventor is not allowed.
  • The systems must be designed so that they do not intentionally spray onto non-landscaped or non-turf areas the effective date of may 15 also means that commercial entities that install irrigation systems after that date are required to have a separate irrigation meter, a rain sensor and freeze sensor.

The ordinance also establishes a Water Board of Appeals that allows citizens who feel they cannot comply with the ordinance to appeal to the new board.

You can't water your lawn during freezing or rainy weather no matter what time of year it is. But, there are a few exceptions: you can water if you're doing it by hand or using a soaker hose. And you will also be permitted to water newly installed plants or grass.

First time violators will receive a warning. After that, water wasting could shower you with a fine of up to $500.

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