Austin Stage 2 Water Restrictions

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Due to the Central Texas Drought of 2011 The City of Austin has enacted State 2 water restrictions, as Stage 1 concluded on September 5, 2011. The Stage 2 water restrictions include:


  • Residents may only water outdoors once a week. Homes with odd-numbered addresses can water on Saturday, even-numbered on Sunday.

  • Businesses and multifamily units may only water outdoors once a week. Those with odd numbered-address can water on Tuesday. Business and multifamily units with even-numbered addresses can water on Friday.

  • Automatic sprinklers can only operate before 10 a.m. on your watering day. Hose-end sprinklers can be used before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

  • Hand watering can be done at any time on any day of the week.

  • If you wash your car at home, do it on your watering day before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

  • You must use a hand-held bucket or a hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle.

    • You may use a waterless cleaning product or a commercial carwash to wash your car on any day at any time.

  • No charity carwashes unless a waterless cleaning product is used instead of water.

  • No ornamental fountains may be operated except to provide aeration for aquatic life. Automatic fill valves for pools and ponds must be turned off as well.

  • Violations of mandatory watering restrictions will result in an official warning followed by a citation if the violation is not corrected. Citations will be issued in Municipal Court with fines starting at $475.

Posted by

Scott Hayes

Austin Real Estate Agency

Extraordinary Service, For Extraordinary People

Direct: 512-786-8300

Comments (6)

Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Scott - I have a good friend on Active Rain who lives in Antonio, Texas. They are is the worst drought in history. He told me he only has enough rain to feed his cows for 2 more months or he'll have to sell them. Not to mention, he's already spent a huge sum of money drilling for water, but it's still not enough.

This weather is crazy - we have nothing but flooding in the North East and Texas is in the worst drought ever. A happy medium would be nice for a change!

Sep 12, 2011 04:39 PM
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

certainly has been a dry summer and the fires in Houston area was indication just how dry Texas really was, wish I could ship you some of our humidity!

Sep 12, 2011 04:47 PM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Oh how we all need rain so badly.  We are in stage one but know that stage two is not far behind if we don't get the rain we need.   Scary.

Sep 13, 2011 01:47 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Those sound like good, common sense tips to get all of you through this difficult period.

Sep 13, 2011 02:15 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Scott, After hearing about your drought all season and the record-breaking hot temperatures, I'm glad to see that someone has finally taken this seriously enough to realize that the lawns don't HAVE to be green!  Smart move with the water restrictions and glad you shared this with your Austin consumers!

Sep 13, 2011 03:59 AM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Hope you get some rain soon. Is there any relief in sight?

Sep 13, 2011 05:20 AM