LUBBOCK, TX -- Don't let the spring-like temperatures fool you. Local landscapers warn it's still a bit too soon to start watering your yards like usual.
"We definitely see a spike in phone calls, people are starting to think about spring, thinking about watering again," according to Jay Townsend, owner of JET Landscape and Irrigation here in Lubbock. "January, February, it's still a little early to go on automatic watering."
Lots of folks appear to have flipped their sprinklers back on this week, hoping to inject a little bit of life into their lawns. But it's important to remember the Lubbock region is still in a state of extreme drought, and the city is currently on a Stage 1 Drought Contingency Plan.
Stage 1 limits and reduces water use to less than 90% of the city's maximum daily supply capacity.
For you, that means limited sprinkler use to two days a week, according to your city-alloted watering days.
Addresses that end in the numerals 0, 3, 4 or 9 can water on Mondays and Thursdays. 1, 5, or 6 can water on Tuesdays and Fridays. 2, 7 or 8 can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
And while right now it may seem like winter has passed us, it's still very likely some freezes are still to come...meaning putting your sprinklers back on automatic might not be a wise decision. Townsend says even just watering two days a week, per the city ordinance, is too much this early in the year.
"We just feel like it's a little too early to be on automatic watering," he says. "We don't feel like this is going to be our last freeze spell, we're probably going to have probably a few more."
Codes inspectors will be out monitoring for out of compliance properties. If you're caught not obeying water ordinances, you could be cited and fined up to hundreds of dollars.
The two day a week ordinance, however, does not apply to hand watering or drip irrigation.
You can report an out of compliance properties by calling the city at 3-1-1.