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Conserve Water and Still Have a Beautiful Yard

Water is a precious commodity in North Texas and is limited in supply, but you can have beauty and color in your yard and still conserve water. Here are some tips to reduce water use and keep a beautiful landscape:

  • April 1 - October 31: No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. This allows the ground to absorb the water before it evaporates. 
  • Do not water during rain or freeze events.
  • Cycle & Soak: Water in multiple short cycles rather than one long cycle to give your soil a chance to absorb the water instead of becoming runoff.
  • Make sure your irrigation system is working well and sprinkler heads are directed to best use your water. One broken sprinkler head can waste 10 gallons of water per minute.
  • Mow your lawn taller to encourage deeper root growth. This allows your grass to find water in the soil instead of being overly dependent on water from sprinklers.
  • Water only as needed and adjust for changes in temperature, wind, humidity and rainfall. This will encourage your grass to grow deep roots.
  • Determine how much you need to water this week with Water My Yard.
  • Some plants are better able to handle our hot weather than others. Using native and adapted plants allows you to have a colorful yard without using a lot of water.


Highlights of the Landscape Water Management Plan

  • April 1 - October 31: No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. This allows the ground to absorb the water before it evaporates. 
  • All irrigation systems must have a functional rain/freeze sensor.
  • All residential, commercial and common areas will be allowed to water lawns / landscape on the designated watering day and three days later, as needed. Learn more about WaterSmart Programs.
  • Irrigation systems with registered and properly programmed and functioning ET controllers shall be exempt from water restriction schedules. 
  • Golf course greens and active athletic fields are exempt from the water restriction schedules.
  • Water waste during irrigation activities is prohibited.
  • Filling lakes or ponds in excess of 500 square feet with treated water is prohibited.
  • Newly planted landscape is exempt from water restriction schedules for a period of 30 days from the date it was installed with city approval. Over-seeding is not exempt.

Read the full Landscape Water Management Plan


Report a Water Use Violation

To report a water violation, fill out our online form or call 972-547-7367. If you are contacting us by phone, we must have the following information to investigate the violation:

  • Exact address of the location you are reporting
  • Date of the water violation
  • Time of day the violation occurred
  • Your name and phone number so we may contact you if additional information is needed.


Violating McKinney's Landscape Water Management Plan could result in a penalty. Penalties will be delivered through your regular water bill. Failure to pay the penalties can result in the water to your home or business being shut off. Please call 972-547-7367 for questions regarding water violation penalties.

  • First penalty - Warning
  • Second penalty - $50
  • Third and subsequent - $100
  • Fourth and subsequent - $150