Current Water Restrictions

The goal of water restrictions is to conserve the city’s water resources until drought conditions improve and the city water system has recovered to normal operating conditions.

Water restrictions are categorized as Stage 1 and Stage 2.

The City of Grand Prairie is currently under Stage 1 restrictions and we are nearing Stage 2.  Your help is needed to conserve our water supply.

Stage 1 Restrictions

Water Restrictions in Effect For residences and businesses

Now – Until Further Notice

  • Do not use landscape/lawn sprinklers between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. any day.
  • No landscape/lawn sprinkler use on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • Even numbered addresses may water using landscape/lawn sprinklers on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Odd numbered addresses may water using landscape/lawn sprinklers on Tuesday and Fridays.
  • When watering, a constant stream of water should not be allowed to flow into the street.
  • Watering during precipitation is prohibited. Rain sensors are required on newer landscape/lawn sprinkler systems.
  • Hand watering and soaker hoses are allowed anytime.

 

 

Stage 2 Restrictions

The City of Grand Prairie is not currently under Stage 2 restrictions, but if this is implemented, water conservation measures include:

No watering on Tues., Wed., Thurs, Sat. and Sun.

Based on the last digit of your address:

•  Even numbered addresses water on Mondays
•  Odd numbered addresses water on Fridays
•  Foundations and new plantings may be watered using handheld and soaker hoses for up to two hours

Properties with multiple addresses will be identified by the lowest address number. If no address exists, the city will assign one.

The lowest address number will identify apartments, office complexes, or other property containing multiple addresses.

Public spaces and large landscape watering involving multiple watering stations unable to reasonably comply with the odd even schedule will be conducted in accordance to a schedule determined by the city that is at least as restrictive as the address-based schedule.

  • Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle is restricted, except on the designated landscape watering days. Such washing, when allowed, shall be done with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses. Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station. Such washing may be exempted from these regulations if the health, safety, and welfare of the public are contingent upon frequent vehicle cleansing, such as garbage trucks and vehicles used to transport food and perishables.
  • Use of water for the draining and refill of any indoor or outdoor swimming pool or Jacuzzi-type pool is prohibited, except for water used to refill pools which have undergone repair or are newly constructed.
  • Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited, except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculation system.
  • Use of water from fire hydrants shall be limited to firefighting related activities, or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare, except the use of water from designated fire hydrants for construction purposes may be allowed under special permit from Grand Prairie Water Utilities.
  • Golf courses may water greens and tee boxes by special permit. Irrigation of golf course fairways and other areas must comply with the once per week rotation schedule specified for landscape watering.

The City Manager, or a designated official, is authorized to enforce the measures set forth in the Drought Contingency Plan, and to promulgate regulations, not in conflict with this plan, or state or federal laws, in aid of enforcement. A person who makes, causes, or permits use of water contrary to the measures implemented by the City Manager shall be punishable as provided by ordinance.

 

Report Water Restriction Violations

During regular business hours:  972-237-8296
After 5 p.m. or on weekends: 972-237-8400

Drought Contingency / Emergency Water Use Plan

The Drought Contingency Plan(PDF, 199KB)  may, depending on need, also prohibit all or some of the following non-essential uses (water use that does not directly benefit or maintain health, personal cleanliness, or firefighting purposes):

  1. Irrigation of landscape areas, including parks, athletic fields, and golf courses, except otherwise provided under this Plan;
  2. Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle; except as otherwise provided under this plan.
  3. Use of water to wash down any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas;
  4. Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection;
  5. Flushing gutters or permitting water to run in any gutter or street, except as part of water quality management to flush stagnant water or enhance disinfection residuals;
  6. Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools or Jacuzzi-type pools;
  7. Use of water in a fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes except where necessary to support aquatic life;
  8. Failure to repair a leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak(s) and;
  9. Use of water from hydrants for construction purposes or any other purposes other than fire fighting.
  10. Use of water from public drinking supply for gas well operations including fracturing and drilling

For more information, call 972-237-8377 or 972-237-8154.

Why does the water smell like sulfur?

The "rotten egg" smell that may come from your faucet is likely hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide (commonly called sulfur) odors sometimes are present in water fixtures of homes and businesses. Sulfur is a mineral that exists in nature and is commonly present in water supplies. So long as sufficient oxygen is present, it exists in a combined form with oxygen and does not present odor problems. However, in the absence of oxygen there may be conditions present which convert the combined oxygen form with a form combined with hydrogen (ie; hydrogen sulfide) instead, creating a compound that has a characteristic rotten egg odor. Even though this odor is a nuisance, the water is safe for consumption. While this is of no comfort, the phenomenon is random and found across the nation. Learn more about Sulfur Smell.

Why do I see water flowing out of fire hydrants?

When you see a fire hydrant wide open allowing water to flow down the street, the city of Grand Prairie is “flushing” the water lines in that area. This process moves water through the pipelines at a fast enough rate to clean the lines, clear stagnant water and ensure the water the city delivers to your home is of the highest quality. We agree and sympathize with our residents who call concerning what may be perceived as “wasting the water,” but rest assured we will only flush the lines when we have to and it is a necessary part of protecting our public health by providing safe, quality consumable water.

Why does the water taste different?

As the seasons change, water supplies undergo natural processes that impact the taste and odor of drinking water. These changes, while some times a nuisance, do not indicate unsafe drinking water. Grand Prairie water is tested daily to ensure that it meets all state and federal regulations, which are based on human health research. If these standards are not met, we are required to notify you. As the seasons change, water supplies undergo natural processes that impact the taste and odor of drinking water. Learn more about Possible Impacts of Taste and Order in Water.

Why is my water bill so high?