Dallas Passes Twice-a-Week Watering Restrictions; Watering Can Stocks to Soar?

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Watering can, $19.99. (Crazy lady not included.)
A key battle was won this morning in what cable-news commenters might call the War on Sprinklers: The Dallas City Council just voted 13-2 to permanently limit sprinkler use, either by hose or by automatic system, to two days per week, in what can only be seen as a huge victory for the hand-held water-bucket lobby.

Councilwomen Sandy Greyson and Ann Margolin voted no, representing the North Dallas "But Our Lawns Are Just So Dang Pretty" voting block. But with the area's population booming and Mother Nature not exactly cooperating rain-wise, fear of dying of thirst won out in the end.

"Our stewardship for the resources we have in this city is one of the most important things we do," Mayor Mike Rawlings said just before the vote. "It's easy when there's a drought, and when there's not a drought we don't care about it."

Rawllings and other area mayors have been pushing for the change in recent weeks.

"We have gone to a lot of sprinkler systems; we're a hotter place to live, and it's an inefficient way to water," he said. "You've got the process in place to do things that aren't stupid."

The new ordinance allows watering cans, hand-held hoses, soaker hoses and drip systems.

"I'd love to see a few people hand-water in their front yards," Rawlings said. "Maybe there'd be a little quiaintness brought back to Dallas."

Here's the briefing council members received about the conservation program:

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42 comments
Txtnboots
Txtnboots

If Dallas is now limited to twice weekly, is the city/county of dallas exempting themselves from this rule?   The offices of the Dallas Housing Authority on Hampton water their grass 7 days a week usually between 10:30 and 11:30pm but sometimes later.   What's good for the goose (dallas residents) should be good for the gander (city of dallas) too.  And are the other city/county offices using this same schedule?  I don't know about that, but I do know for sure about the DHA. 

DallasDrilling
DallasDrilling

"Our stewardship for the resources we have in this city is one of the most important things we do," Mayor Mike Rawlings said just before the vote. "It's easy when there's a drought, and when there's not a drought we don't care about it."

Those words are very important to remember in the near future, Mike.

cp
cp

Now let's see the city enforce this...

Jbailey214
Jbailey214

Hypocrites!!! Dallas wastes thousands of gallons a day purging the fire hydrants. Can I have some of that? Rather than the city deal with any of its inefficiencies, they take their normal course and put the burden on the citizens, while the stupidity at City Hall goes unchecked.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

So are we going to limit the watering of the new Arts Deck Park?   Oh noooooooo!   That is special and is a DALLAS ELITE PROJECT!    Can’t do that!!! So what about the massive amounts of water used to FRAC?   Oh nooooooo! Not that    We (the city) are looking toward that revenue so we can continue squandering monies on stupid projects that benefit the few. So what about all those McMansions that have been watering EVERY DAY during the shortage!   Oh Nooooooooo!   They are special.  We also can’t expect them to pay their full share of property taxes either. So I guess that it is up to the regular home owner to foot the bill yet again.   Oh Yessssssss they love new taxes, higher rates, and more ordinances.

RTGolden
RTGolden

I wonder if this isn't some grand ploy by the patrons of Lowest Greenville establishments to get the Neighborhood association down there to be more welcoming of them.  I mean, beer piss and beer vomit have some water in them don't they?

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Some of this water's being sold to other cities, right? Are they also required to participate in the plan? (And how do their rates compare with ours, anyway?)

Bob Loblaw
Bob Loblaw

I'm waiting for them to raise the rates because people are using less water.  Less for more,--like when they cut the trash service in half, but kept the price the same.

Jared Heath
Jared Heath

Where is the petition to get a reversal of this on the ballot?

I suspect it would pass overwhelmingly...

Montemalone
Montemalone

This is gonna make peeing in your yard cool again.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

I'll gladly take the crazy lady twice-a-week thank you very much

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

I like the move, but won't be holding my breath to see it enforced.

tinkler
tinkler

Finally the city council makes a good decision.  Sprinkler systems are the most inefficient way to water and does not promote healthy plants and root systems.  I have drip systems, soaker hoses and rain barrels and have always hand watered.  Dallas has a limited water resource and this is an excellent decision!  On the downside, it will not be enforced.

Watering Cans Gave Me Tetanus
Watering Cans Gave Me Tetanus

I would prefer some native grasses and plants in the yard my dogs do their business in, but I don't think my landlord would be too happy about my digging up his little 8x10 patch of sod to make it happen, and I'll be moving out within the year, anyway. Perhaps the city could start an initiative program of some kind to encourage apartment complexes and businesses to adopt native and low-water plant landscaping. It might be a good place to start.

Tim Covington
Tim Covington

I don't own a sprinkler system. Most of te time, I don't water at all. When I do, it is early in the morning and a through soaking. My grass stayed healthy all through the drought, as did the rest of my plants. The truth is, there is not reason to water more than twice a week any well established landscape plants. More frequent watering is due to people to lazy to do things right.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

First: Glad to hear Dallas is joining the 21st century when it comes to water conservation. This is already done in Austin/SA and their lawns look pretty decent. Here's a suggestion for all the crybabies who'll whine about this: Suck it up.

Quite a few folks I know already have drought-resistant species of plants/trees in their yards currently, and they look absolutely great. They have beautiful wildflowers in the spring and shade in the summer, with very little water, which is procured via rain barrel and drip systems. Instead of griping about how your Bermuda grass will suffer, pull it out and xeriscape accordingly..

Guest
Guest

Is this a Sequel to Chinatown? I think Jeff Daniels would play a good mayor Mike...http://tinyurl.com/6rnat3o

primi timpano
primi timpano

I also predict Hicks and Harlan Crow will drill their own water wells.

primi timpano
primi timpano

I see a sales bonanza of underground drip hoses and cacti.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Can't wait to see Tom Hicks standing out there with a hose, and a hot dog cart.

Melissa
Melissa

Texas needs to buy it's water from Arkansas - there is plenty there and never a shortage.

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

So the city has the funds to send people out at 3 am to count how many lawns are being watered and how many times per week? Or are we all supposed to go Soviet on our neighbors and narc them out for an extra day of water? Please, do you want to know how to limit the water usage? Charge more for water when more is used. Simple. Costs nothing to monitor. Today is not a brainiac day for our council.

Gangy
Gangy

My thoughts exactly.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Oh yes Mister Mean only waters when needed (during the hot summer months in the early morning before sun riise).   If you don't water too much the grass will not grow and you do not have to mow it as much.  Oh yes Mister Mean also mows his own yard--  "if you do not mow your own yard you have too much yard!"

Paul
Paul

 Yes, No, Lower

Any other questions?

Crap Detector
Crap Detector

 We're already experiencing that in Collin County. We're forced to use less, then the water rates go up because the cities aren't making as much revenue from the water bills. Hey - I'd love to have twice weekly watering!  We just came off Stage 3 enhanced restrictions which only allowed watering once every OTHER week -- now we're allowed once weekly and I am amazed at how giddy I am!  Homeowners have had to get creative and focused but after awhile you and your plants can adapt.  I didn't like the fact that people were hired to patrol neighborhoods to check for violators, and that neighbors narc-ed on each other.

cp
cp

They didn't cut trash service in half, they made you separate the recyclables out. The only people who complained about it are the people who never thought of recycling and still don't.  

Paul
Paul

 I thought that this was how you did the "hand watering" anyway.

As one of my grandfathers would say: "There is nothing like a good gcp."

Mervis
Mervis

Most people are responsible and will follow the rules. That by itself will save a bunch of water. Some people still speed, right?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I've said for years Dallas and these other little burgs in the area need to present some sort of city water refund if you use self-watering.

Now I Get It!
Now I Get It!

 Many of these native and drought resistant plants also attract beautiful and beneficial insects to your yard, as well.  Think butterflies, ladybugs, bumblebees, lizards, tree frogs and more!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Zactly. Why don't they just mandate native or drought-resistant species in new building/landscaping permits?

Mervis
Mervis

I thought he watered with angel tears?

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

 Dallas has no shortage.  It's practically the only urban planning we've done successfully.

JRinDallas
JRinDallas

heh.  arkansas has lots of chicken farms.  okies think arkansas' water isn't good enough and if arkansas can't meet the standard of an okie, i think i'll pass too...http://muskogeephoenix.com/local/x178...

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Yes, but I've observed many homes in an area of town that rhymes with Reston Prollow watering daily - in violation of the current (and now permanent) twice-weekly rule.

Paul
Paul

 Nope ... crocodile tears ....

jfpo
jfpo

And he bathes in the dreams of children.

Mervis
Mervis

Cue the opulance music. ;)

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