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List of Stage 2 watering restrictions

As the temperatures climb, many Lubbock residents are making plans to keep lawns and gardens at their best. However, because of the continuous drought conditions on the South Plains, Lubbock is under Stage 2 of the drought contingency plan.

If you plan to water your lawn, the days you are allowed to water are based on the last digit of your address.

If your house/business address ends in a:

  • 0 or 9 water on Mondays
  • 1 water on Tuesdays
  • 2 water on Wednesdays
  • 3 or 4 water on Thursdays
  • 5 or 6 water on Fridays
  • 7 or 8 water on Saturdays

Residents are only allowed to water before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. However, you may hand water with a water hose, use drip irrigation, or a soaker hose, at any time of the day. The city requires that you keep the water less than 1.5 inches a week and runoff is prohibited. 

One popular method to measure your water is to use a tuna can or something similar in size. Simply set it down in your yard to measure.

The Tuna Can Test instructions are as follows:

  • Place eight flat-bottomed cans, such as tuna cans or pet food cans, or coffee mugs, randomly throughout your lawn. Inexpensive rain gauges may also be used. Place some cans close to the sprinkler head and others several feet away.
  • Turn on your manual sprinkler or irrigation system for 15 minutes.
  • Measure and record the depth of water in each can or mug with a ruler. Determine the average depth of water for all of the cans combined. Notice the uniformity of your water application.
  • Refer to the example and lawn watering depth chart below to determine the number of minutes you should water each week. Record the times for future reference.

You are not allowed to use water for fountains or ponds unless they are supporting aquatic life. You may not flush gutters or spray down hard surfaced areas or buildings.

The goal of the water restrictions is conservation. If you violate the rules, you could face fines. For more information on the restrictions: http://www.mylubbock.us/departmental-websites/departments/water-department/home.

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