Austin residents can protect their lakes, the environment, and their future water supply by watering only one day a week with automatic sprinklers and a second day, if need be, with hoses. Join your neighbors in helping your community and wallet by adhering to the mandatory watering days and times.
By watering only one day a week with a typical automatic irrigation system rather than two to three times a week, a household could save 7,000 to 14,000 gallons a month. That could be a savings of up to $150 a month, depending on how much additional water is used by a household.
The City of Austin is currently in Conservation Stage Water Use Restrictions. *Effective June 6, Austin will be in Stage 1 Drought Response.
Hose-end Sprinklers - two days per week - midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight
- Even address - Thursday, Sunday
- Odd address - Wednesday, Saturday
Automatic Irrigation - one day per week - midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight (Residential customers may also water a second day with a hose-end sprinkler)
- Even address - Thursday
- Odd address - Wednesday
Commercial / Multi-family / Public Schools
Hose-end Sprinklers or Automatic Irrigation - one day per week - midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight
- Even address - Tuesday
- Odd address - Friday
Wasting water is prohibited
Washing vehicles at home is permitted with an auto shut-off hose or bucket
Charity car washes may only be held at a commercial car wash
Fountains must recirculate water
Restaurants may not serve water unless requested by a customer
Patio misters at commercial properties (including restaurants and bars) may only operate between 4 p.m. and midnight
Commercial power/pressure washing equipment must meet efficiency requirements
Failing to follow the water restrictions may result in enforcement action, including fines of up to $500 per violation.
To report violations, call 3-1-1, use the 3-1-1 mobile app, or submit a report online. Please provide the address, time, date, and type of violation.