Grand Prairie Water Conservation Ordinance
The Grand Prairie Water Conservation Plan, required by state law, outlines year-round water conservation efforts for residents and businesses. These requirements are in place regardless of whether drought conditions exist or not. Should a drought occur, stricter requirements could be enacted.
Highlights of the plan call for:
- Watering of lawns after 6 p.m. and before 10 a.m. (and conversely, don’t water from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) year round
- If Mother Nature is watering, be it drizzle, rain, hail, snow or ice, turn sprinklers off
- Adjust sprinklers to water the lawn, not the concrete, stone, brick or other impervious surface
- Fix all broken or missing sprinkler heads
- Maintain a sprinkler system so that it does not waste water
- For systems installed after June 1, 2009, rain, wind, freeze sensors must be installed
The ordinance allows watering outside the parameters above for 30 days for the purpose of:
- Establishing hydromulch, grass sod or grass seed
- Dust control of a sport field
- Maintenance, repair or testing of an irrigation system
- Watering by use of a hand-held or soaker hose
Thorough, but infrequent watering (no more than every five days) develops deeper roots and plants that are healthier and more drought tolerant. Persons or companies who refuse to comply with the ordinance face fines up to $2,000. For more information, contact the City of Grand Prairie Water Utilities at 972-237-8377.
State of Texas Water Conservation Plan
In 1997, the Texas Legislature adopted a consensus-driven water planning process. Our water planning process has received praise nationwide and is considered by many to be the model for successful, locally-driven state water planning efforts.
If we fail to implement the State Water Plan, the cost of inaction is severe. While our State Water Plan is essential to public health and the success of our economy, we have not fully implemented the plan – a move that requires state financing. If we fail to implement the plan, by 2060, half of Texans will not have enough water during certain drought conditions. Drought conditions cost Texas businesses and workers billions of dollars in lost income every year. If Texas does not implement the State Water Plan, those losses could grow to $116 billion annually. Read more.