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The City of Plano is committed to conserving and protecting our water supply in a cooperative effort with our citizens and other North Texas Municipal Water District member cities through education and enforcement that contributes to the overall quality of life.
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Twice a Week Watering Effective May 1, 2015
Water restrictions are being adjusted in light of recent rains and increases in lake levels. Conservation is still needed. Beginning May 1, customers may water up to two times per week, if watering is needed. Watering with sprinklers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is still prohibited. Watering on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday is not allowed. Subscribe to weekly watering recommendations by visiting the Water My Yard website. The best practice is simply to not water when rain has just occurred or is expected.

ODD Addresses: Tuesday and Friday
EVEN Addresses: Monday and  Thursday
*As HOA watering involves watering of their common areas and in many cases the City of Plano right of way (which has no address), it was decided that all HOA watering would follow an EVEN address watering schedule.

Newly installed landscapes may be granted a 30-day water variance upon approval. Variances are not required for filling pools.  Request a Variance

For a printable watering calendar, please click on the image below.
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City of Plano & Large Water Consumers 
Plano‚Äôs water conservation plan allows the City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department and Plano Independent School District to operate with a variance. The City and School District will exceed the current NTMWD reduction goal by managing all sites and campuses as a whole. Some irrigated areas will be reduced well beyond the current goal to offset watering at high use sites that have safety implications. The scale of operation for over 4,000 acres of parkland and 1,200 irrigated acres of park land, athletic fields, and other public property, requires alternative conservation methods. Large site irrigation systems cannot water all stations in the system within the same water window as a residential lawn, but they can still be programmed to apply less water than when in non-drought conditions. One athletic site has over 500 stations, which cannot all be run in one or two nights. The need to water play surfaces and high use areas must also be balanced with scheduled activities and public use patterns. 

Parks and outdoor sports venues are typically used in the early morning or after school/work hours up to 11 p.m., so watering schedules must be adjusted accordingly. Irrigation in scheduled or high use areas is necessary for the safety of the users. Cracks in the ground or injuries caused by falling on a very hard surface are thereby reduced.

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