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Water Conservation

Winter Irrigation Tips

As we are now in the cool, rainy season, please remember to turn off all irrigation controllers. You will probably not need to turn them back on until May or June.  In the event that we experience 2-3 weeks with no rainfall, one irrigation cycle (at 50% of normal run times if possible) is recommended to give the root systems enough water to survive a sustained hard freeze. This is needed only for trees and shrubs, as the freezing weather is not cold enough to effect turf grass. This measure will minimize plant damage and/or loss.

In the meantime, this is a great opportunity to tune-up that system for next summer!

The picture below is an example of your controller being in the System Off position.

Controller Example

Water Conservation Information

To read the new water conservation plan, click: City of Georgetown Water Conservation Plan 2014

To view the current water conservation ordinance, click: Water Conservation Ordinance 2014

To view the preferred, controlled, and prohibited plant lists, click: Preferred Plant Lists

To read about current watering restrictions and FAQs about the restrictions, visit our Water Department overview page (click here).

Current Drought Conditions

Water Updates

*Lake & Aquifer levels measured in feet above sea level. Demand is in MGD (Millions of Gallons/Day)


Water Saving Tips

Here are some great tips to not only help you conserve water, but also reduce your utility bills!


  • Water only when needed. Watch your lawn for signs of stress. If the St. Augustine blades of grass “roll”, if the Bermuda gets a bluish cast or if you leave foot prints on the grass after walking on it, your lawn needs water.
  • Do not overwater. Watering only ½ to 1 inch per week during the summer may not keep turfgrasses dark green, but should keep them healthy.
  • Water early in the morning. This is when evaporation rates are at their lowest, there is little wind, and water pressure is at its best.
  • Do not waste water. Be sure that your irrigation system does not water sidewalks, driveways, or the street. Install a rain/freeze sensor or make sure the one you already have is working correctly, and repair broken or leaky heads.
  • Avoid excessive evaporation. Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water rather than a fine mist.
  • Use drip-irrigation and/or bubblers. Using these type systems for bedded plants, trees, and shrubs, will help prevent evaporation.
  • Cover pools. Pool covers will save up to 90% of the water lost to evaporation.
  • Sweep instead of washing. Use a broom on sidewalks, driveways, and patios instead of a water hose.
  • Harvest the rain. Buy a rain barrel and collect precipitation for watering your plants.


In the Bathroom

  • Install a low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to reduce water consumption.
  • Take short showers and install a cut-off valve, or turn the water off while washing and back on again to rinse.
  • Take showers instead of baths, but if a shower is not available fill the tub with less water.
  • Replace old toilets with high-efficiency toilets.
  • Test toilets for leaks and repair promptly if one is found.
  • Never use the toilet as a trashcan.
  • Do not use hot water when cold will do.
  • Do not let water run when brushing teeth, shaving, or washing hands.
  •  If letting water run to heat up, catch cold water in a bowl for pet water or plants rather than letting it run down the drain.

In the Kitchen

  • Scrape the dishes clean instead of rinsing them before washing.
  • Use a pan of water (or place a stopper in the sink) for washing and rinsing dishes. No need to pre-rinse.
  • Never run the dishwasher without a full load.
  • Start a compost pile rather than running the garbage disposal and never pour grease or oil down the drain.
  • Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running water from the tap until it is cool is wasteful.
  • Use a small bowl of cold water to clean vegetables rather than letting the water run over them.

In the Laundry

  • Consider buying a high-efficiency washer when time to replace your old model.
  • Wash only full loads of clothes.
  • Use cold water as often as possible.