City Initiatives and Required Measures
Water conservation is important to Anna because it helps preserve our local water supply and keep neighbors' water rates low. The City of Anna has both a Water Conservation Plan and an existing Water Conservation Ordinance which support regional water conservation efforts. The City has also implemented tools and programming related to water conservation which can help neighbors reduce their water usage.
WATER CONSERVATION PLAN
Water Conservation Ordinance
There are water conservation standards set for neighbors. The Landscape and Water Management Regulations adopted in Part II, Article 8, Section 16 of the Anna City Code require the following water conservation measures:
1. From April 1 through October 31, the use of lawn and landscape sprinklers and irrigation systems is restricted to the evening/night and early morning hours only between 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. Outdoor irrigation during rain or any form of precipitation is prohibited.
2. From April 1 through October 31, the use of lawn and landscape sprinklers and irrigation systems at each service address is limited to twice per week (if needed). Additional watering of landscape may be provided by hand-held hose with shutoff nozzle, use of dedicated irrigation drip zones, and/or soaker hose provided no runoff occurs.
3. From November 1 through March 31, the use of lawn and landscape sprinklers and irrigation systems at each service address is limited to once per week (if needed). Additional watering of landscape may be provided by hand-held hose with shutoff nozzle, use of dedicated irrigation drip zones, and/or soaker hose provided no runoff occurs.
4. Irrigation systems should be properly maintained in a manner that prevents the waste of water. Over-watering of lawn or landscape, such that a constant stream of water overflows from the lawn or landscape onto a street or other drainage area; or Irrigation of impervious surfaces or other non-irrigated areas (wind-driven water drift taken into consideration) is prohibited.
5. A hose-end cutoff nozzle must be used when washing or rinsing vehicles.
6. Filling or refilling of any natural or man-made pond by introducing any treated water to fill or refill the pond is prohibited. This does not prohibit or restrict the filling or refilling of swimming pools.
WaterSmart Data and Leak Detection
The City provides water usage information for neighbors to keep track of their water consumption. On average, every person uses 100 gallons per day of water inside the home. Neighbors can access their water usage data by visiting Anna's WaterSmart website. Here, neighbors can set alerts for water usage that help detect leaks. Neighbors can also contact the Water and Sewer Division with any questions or concerns related to possible leaks.
The City periodically puts on water seminars for neighbors, which can either be prepared for specific neighborhoods and Homeowner's Associations (HOAs) or open to all. These seminars cover where Anna gets our water from, how staff is qualified and organized around water system care, how our water meters work, water quality, high bills, and water conservation. As part of the seminars, staff cover how neighbors can improve their water usage both inside of and outside of their homes. More information on these seminars will be posted to the website news spotlight, on City social media, and in the City newsletter as they're upcoming.
The City offers landscaping programming in partnership with Rooted In, a local group focused on environmental education, environmental stewardship, and water conservation. The courses are free for neighbors and occur monthly. Many classes offer knowledge on landscaping that succeeds in the Texas heat and reduces water consumption. More information on these seminars will be posted to the website news spotlight, on City social media, and in the City newsletter as they're upcoming.