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Old 08-07-2013, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I attended a board meeting for a community where I have an investment property. They have a central irrigation system for front lawns and are not following the city's water restriction program. When I objected, I was told that "no one" follows and anyway all the money spent on the new plantings and sod late Spring would be wasted because everything would die if not watered daily. They are actually planning on laying more new sod in the next 2 weeks.

This burb has a no-exception policy of max watering twice a week.

I am a die hard follower of the law and really bothered. What would you do? Are they right, do most people ignore local water restriction rules?
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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Everyone on my street seems to follow the restrictions. Water on trash day(night). I would be upset if no one was following them.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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Contact the city. If the burb is not in a city, contact the county.
We are building a new house and even then I will still follow watering restrictions because I understand just how bad it is here. People drive by lakes and just see that they have water in them and think its fine, but they can't comprehend just how much water is used out of that lake every day.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:42 PM
 
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Our water people come around and love to catch violators....they turn off the sprinklers and you get a warning-2nd time you get a fine-third time they cut your water off and you are then required to pay a reconnection fee and a hefty fine-as to the new sod-our town has a variance that allows you to water every day for 30days if you are laying new sod-although they discourage it being laid in the heat of summer. Last week I saw a police officer parked in front of a house that had their sprinklers going in the middle of the day and was not their day to water either-when I came back they had the water guys there shutting it down...I would oppose it and make sure when they get fined you aren't responsible for any of it-put your objections in writing to the board too....
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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I follow them, but understand people who don't and think that structural things need to change rather than fineing and making your citizens into criminals over a lawn. 30+ foot setbacks for suburban homes and 1/4 acre and up lot sizes for regular homes need to change immediately if no one can water their lawns. Breaking watering restrictions is on individual citizens, but dumb zoning laws that government is trying to fix via water restrictions is on the government.

In southern CA for example, and for regular homes, they just put in really small front lawns with short setbacks and people cover half or more with concrete on 1/10 acre lots, and they get to water their tiny patches of grass as much as they want.

I get that tiny lots are not optimal, but neither is the effort of xeriscaping nor harsh watering restrictions that turn your neighbors into criminals because they want to maintain their property.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I snitched on 3 houses in my subdivision in early June and the city was right there with warnings. Haven't seen any violators since then. We are allowed to water once per week plus 2 hrs hand watering or soakers per week. It's sufficient to keep my grass green and my plants, most of which are xeric, alive. My foundation gets its 3xweek watering within that allowance.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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I follow them, but understand people who don't and think that structural things need to change rather than fineing and making your citizens into criminals over a lawn. 30+ foot setbacks for suburban homes and 1/4 acre and up lot sizes for regular homes need to change immediately if no one can water their lawns. Breaking watering restrictions is on individual citizens, but dumb zoning laws that government is trying to fix via water restrictions is on the government.

In southern CA for example, and for regular homes, they just put in really small front lawns with short setbacks and people cover half or more with concrete on 1/10 acre lots, and they get to water their tiny patches of grass as much as they want.

I get that tiny lots are not optimal, but neither is the effort of xeriscaping nor harsh watering restrictions that turn your neighbors into criminals because they want to maintain their property.
We don't have anything like the water issues faced in SoCal.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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I would turn them in when you actually see them violating the law.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Irving, TX
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Agreed -- turn 'em in. We don't have SoCal issues... YET. But in another six years we very well could unless people start getting serious.

That said, what are you looking to do with the lawn? "Xeriscaping" sounds all harsh until you realize that "legacy" roses fit in that category, and crape myrtles survive the summer just fine here with absolutely minimal watering once they're established, and can be planted in patterns that throw good shade, so long as you're not a flipper who's chained in to having a generilawn.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:10 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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In this heat, It's crazy to do landscaping right now unless they have no other choices.

They should put off any additional till October.

Last edited by Rakin; 08-07-2013 at 05:15 PM..
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