Water Conservation Tips

View tips and tricks on how to conserve water in your home. 

Watering in a Drought

Drought

Should you water during a drought?
Water in your home
View tips on how you can conserve water in your home
Frozen Pipe
View tips on how to keep your lawn healthy and prevent your pipes from bursting in cold weather

 

Water Conservation Speakers

Speakers on water conservation are available to talk to civic groups, community and charitable organizations. For more information, call 972-237-8377.

 


 

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 calls 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 surfaces
  • 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.

View the full water conservation plan

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.