Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

lawn watering ordinances

While all of us in south Louisiana don't need to worry about watering lawns this week (to say the least!), it's important to heed lawn watering ordinances, if your town has one. Lafayette has had a lawn watering ordinance in effect for many years. Areas that have hotter summers or that are susceptible to drought are common for having watering ordinances and restrictions.

The restrictions help ensure that cities have enough water to fight fires, keep water pressure stable and keep watersheds from drying out. Plus, they make sure everyone is able to water their yards, not just ones with automatic sprinklers. 

Share the water! It's not just for you and your yard.

  • Customers with odd-numbered home/property addresses (ending with 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Customers with even-numbered home/property addresses (ending with 0, 2, 4, 6, 8) water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
  • No watering on Mondays.
  • The designated times for lawn watering are from midnight to 2 p.m. (for 14 hours of possible watering time each designated day).
  • Fines are accumulative and stay on record for three years. 
  • Manual watering, soaker hoses and watering newly planted sod, landscaping and ground cover are exempted by the ordinance. To be exempted for new plantings, you must qualify with LUS.

For extra details, download the LUS water ordinance brochure.

Other example cities or entities with lawn watering ordinances:


Even if you don't have lawn watering restrictions or ordinances, there are ways you can water efficiently:

  • Water by hand with a sprinkler.
  • Use a soaker hose.
  • Use a rain barrel and water your lawn with natural rain water.
  • Don't water your lawn from late morning to early evening, when the sun is at its hottest. 
  • Don't use a sprinkler in the rain.
  • Water every other day.
  • Don't overwater.
Whether you follow your city's ordinance for watering or you adjust your habits to be more efficient, just remember that we all want our yards to look nice, and we all must share our water supplies.

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