I have an ET controller exemption; I thought I was exempt from the watering guidelines.
  • During non-drought conditions, in exchange for installing water-saving evapotranspiration (ET) technology, the city provides an exemption that allows you to irrigate your lawn and other landscaping on non-designated watering days. This exemption is predicated on sufficient water supplies. Unfortunately, the north Texas region has been experiencing significant drought conditions this summer which has stretched NTMWD's capacity to deliver water. Therefore, NTMWD is asking its member communities to restrict water usage to lower demand within its systems.
  • As stated in the ET controller exemption guidelines, the city has the right to alter the program anytime. The temporary pause of the water exemption is one of the ways the city is doing its part to reduce the demands on the water system to ensure everyone has water to meet their essential needs.
  • When the ET exemptions resume, the city will post on McKinneyTexas.org/WaterSmart.

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1. What are the city's current watering guidelines?
2. What happens if I don't follow the guidelines?
3. Can I water my landscape (i.e., trees, flowers, vegetable gardens) more than my lawn or outside the watering guidelines?
4. I have an ET controller exemption; I thought I was exempt from the watering guidelines.
5. Do commercial businesses have different guidelines than residents?
6. Why do I see gallons of water running out of a hydrant? Isn't that just wasting water?
7. Is the city running out of water? Why are the guidelines being enforced?
8. Can I do anything to keep my grass from turning blonde, given the current temperatures and watering guidelines?
9. How do I report a violation?
10. Why do I see the city still watering parks outside of the watering guidelines?
11. I have new sod, trees, flowers or bushes. Can I water them more until they are established?