Thinking of turning on the sprinklers?

January was a weather rollercoaster, and I’m sure that, with temperatures in the 70s, I may not be the only one thinking about turning on the sprinkler system. Thankfully, the rain has helped answer the question (somewhat – it’s just been too nice out there!), but just in case you’d like to put “watering the lawn” on autopilot, here’s something to keep in mind.

The bottom line

Starting January 1 2013, there are watering restrictions in effect throughout The Woodlands. These restrictions will be police-enforced, and fines will be assessed.  Further, irrigation systems may not be installed unless they’ve been issued a permit by the Township.

The policy

– Restrictions will be in place based on your home address

– Odd addresses may water from 8:00PM to 4:00AM Fri-Sat, and Tue-Wed

– Even addresses may water from 8:00PM to 4:00AM Sat-Sun and Wed-Thu

– Here are the requirements for the sprinkler system permit

Montgomery County has stressed several times that we face a water supply crisis. Groundwater has been the area’s sole source of public supply for decades; however, rapid population growth over the last 20 years has severely depleted this vital natural resource. Groundwater supplies in our aquifers are now declining at an alarming rate as significantly more water is being extracted than can be replenished by natural recharge. As a result, alternate (and more expensive – notice the GRIP surcharge in your water bill?) surface water supplies are being developed to reduce groundwater usage. In addition, policies and practices must be established to reduce wasteful water usage.

Follow this link for the complete policy text.  The WJPA is also available to answer any questions.


About Danny Sanchez

Joining Rianne's award-winning team after a successful career as a Program and Operations Manager for a global outsourcing firm (with Fortune 100 companies as his primary clients), Danny has seen The Woodlands grow to what it has become today since 2001. An advocate for innovation and perfecting the Best Possible Real Estate experience, he understands very well that clients always come first. In his own words, "success looks like clients feel that they don't have any needs - because you've more than anticipated them."