Water Restrictions

About NTMWD

The North Texas Municipal Water District is a regional wholesale provider of water, wastewater and solid waste disposal services for approximately 1.6 million residents across 10 counties – a service territory covering 2,200 square miles. For more information, visit NTMWD.com.

In 2009, the City of Sachse approved Ordinance 3128, adopting the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) Model Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan as official City policy for the conservation of water.

In 2014, NTMWD approved an updated plan, and the landscape watering guidelines specified in that plan are now in place for City of Sachse residents:

  1. April 1 - October 31
  2. November 1 - March 31

Two Days Per Week

  • Limit landscape watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems at each service address to no more than two days per week (April 1 – October 31), with education that less than twice per week is usually adequate. 

Watering Schedule

Residential with irrigation or sprinkler systems watering schedule:

  • Even-numbered home address: Thursday and/or Sunday 
  • Odd-numbered home address: Wednesday and/or Saturday 

HOA and Commercial watering schedule: All addresses: Tuesday and/or Friday

Prohibited Water Use

  • Prohibit lawn irrigation watering from 10 AM to 6 PM.
  • Prohibit the use of irrigation systems that water impervious surfaces. (Wind driven water drift will be taken into consideration.)
  • Prohibit outdoor watering during precipitation
  • Prohibit excess runoffs or other obvious wastes
  • Prohibit over seeding, sodding, sprigging, broadcasting or plugging with cool season grasses or watering cool season grasses

Exceptions

  • Non-commercial car washing can be done only when using a water hose with a shut-off nozzle
  • Landscape associated with new construction may be watered as necessary for 30 days from the installation of new landscape features
  • Watering of foundations, new landscaping, new plantings (first year) shrubs, and trees (within a ten foot radius of its trunk) may be watered by hand-held hose, use of dedicated irrigation drip zones, and/or soaker hose provided no runoff occurs.
  • Additional watering of landscape may be provided by hand-held hose with shutoff nozzle, used of dedicated irrigation drip zones, and/or soaker hose provided no runoff occurs.

These guidelines are to be followed unless a drought emergency is declared, in which case the restrictions will be more stringent. The specific criteria which would trigger a drought emergency are outlined in the NTMWD 2014 Water Plan,