Every Drop Counts in Mesquite

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Everyone loves a lush green lawn but watering your property is not as easy as turning on the facet. If you live in Mesquite, it’s important to remember that the City has restrictions all the way through October. 

Implementing annual conservation measures, the City of Mesquite is very specific about when and how much water landowners can use on their lawns and landscaping.  

According to the City of Mesquite Utility Department, watering with sprinklers or irrigation systems is restricted to “no more than two days per week.” Hand-held watering is permitted as long as no runoff occurs.  

Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, there are restrictions on when you water your lawn. Watering is restricted from 10 am to 6 pm from the timeframe of April 1 to October 31.  

For more information or specific guidance on Mesquite watering, contact the city at 972-216-6278 or report an issue. 

A temporary watering exemption can be obtained for new construction or landscape installation. “If approved, the variance will allow additional watering for up to 30 days from the date of the new installation as needed.” Contact the city to learn more about a variance by calling 972-329-8300 or email. 

The city provides a few watering tips for landowners to ensure their lawns and landscapes continue to grow in the Texas heat when irrigating lawns in the early morning or evening adhering to city guidelines.  

  • Set the watering controller to cycle soak. Texas clay soils can only absorb so much water and the rest runs off. Ensure your watering runs in several cycles to allow absorption and avoid wasting water.  
  • Create nutrient-rich soil by adding compost to hold the moisture. This can be achieved easily by adding mulch around plants and shrubs. 
  • Educate yourself on how much water to apply to your landscape. Outdoor watering can increase water usage up to 60%, resulting in higher utility bills.  

For additional watering advice visit, the following websites: Tarrant Regional Water District and Dallas Water Utilities, ​​Water My Yard, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. 

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