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Watering Day
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If Necessary

Conserve Water and Still Have a Beautiful Yard

Water is a precious commodity in North Texas and is limited in supply, but you can have beauty and color in your yard and still conserve water. Here are some tips to reduce water use and keep a beautiful landscape:

  • Water during the coolest part of the day; this allows the ground to absorb the water before it evaporates. 
    • April 1 - October 31 no watering is allowed 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Water in multiple short cycles rather than one long cycle to give your soil a chance to absorb the water instead of becoming runoff.
  • Make sure your irrigation system is working well and sprinkler heads are directed to best use your water.
  • Mow your lawn taller to encourage deeper root growth. This allows your grass to find water in the soil instead of being overly dependant on water from sprinklers.
  • Water only as needed and adjust for changes in temperature, wind, humidity and rainfall. This will encourage your grass to grow deep roots.
  • Determine how much you need to water this week with Water My Yard.
  • Some plants are better able to handle our hot weather than others. Using native and adapted plants allows you to have a colorful yard without using a lot of water.


Highlights of the Landscape Water Management Plan

  • All residential, commercial and common areas will be allowed to water lawns / landscape on the designated watering day and three days later, as needed.
  • Irrigation systems with registered and properly programmed and functioning ET controllers shall be exempt from water restriction schedules.
  • Golf course greens and active athletic fields are exempt from the water restriction schedules.
  • Newly planted landscape is exempt from water restriction schedules for a period of 30 days from the date it was installed. Over-seeding is not exempt. 
  • Automated lawn / landscape irrigation is prohibited from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 1 to October 31, during precipitation events and during freezing temperatures.
  • Water waste during irrigation activities is prohibited.
  • Filling lakes or ponds in excess of 500 square feet with treated water is prohibited.


Report a Water Use Violation

To report a water violation, fill out our online form or call please call 972-547-7619. If you are contacting us by phone, we must have the following information to investigate the violation:

  • Exact address of the location you are reporting
  • Date of the water violation
  • Time of day the violation occurred
  • Your name and phone number so we may contact you if additional information is needed.


Violating McKinney's Landscape Water Management Plan could result in a penalty. Penalties will be delivered through your regular water bill. Failure to pay the penalties can result in the water to your home or business being shut off. Please call 972-547-7619 for questions regarding water violation penalties.

  • First penalty - Warning
  • Second penalty - $50
  • Third and subsequent - $100
  • Fourth and subsequent - $150