Permanent Water Conservation Measures
(a) A person may not:
(1) fail to repair a controllable leak, including a broken sprinkler head, a leaking valve, leaking or broken pipes, or a leaking faucet;
(2) operate a permanently installed irrigation system with:
(A) a broken head;
(B) a head that is out of adjustment and the arc of the spray head is over a street or parking lot; or
(C) a head that is misting because of high water pressure; or
(3) during irrigation, allow water:
(A) to run off a property and form a stream of water in a street for a distance of 50 feet or greater; or
(B) to pond in a street or parking lot to a depth greater than one-quarter of an inch.
(b) Irrigation of apartment common areas shall comply with the following requirements:
(1) Irrigation of common areas of apartments may only occur between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Irrigation of apartment common areas is allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. if irrigation of reclaimed water during that time is necessary to meet LCRA regulation requirements.
(2) Exceptions. The provision does not apply to the following:
(A) Hand watering.
(B) Irrigation of new lawns for a period of thirty days from planting or the date of installation.
(C) Irrigation by commercial gardens of licensed plant nurseries, provided the owner or licensee or his or her representative is personally on the premises at the time watering is taking place.
(D) Irrigation system testing after mowing to identify broken heads, after repairs to flush lines, to property align sprinkler heads, or to locate a reported leak. A test run may not exceed two minutes and the individual conducting the test must be present to observe system performance.
(E) Syringing to cool down hot spots showing visible signs of stress. If syringing is performed by one station, syringing must be performed manually. On large irrigation projects, syringing may be performed by hand-held remote irrigation controllers or computerized central control for no more than three minutes, with the individual running the controllers present and observing the controllers while they are running.
(F) Landscape irrigation audits, where the application rate and efficiency of an irrigation system is being tested by aligning heads and placing cups across the turf area and the amount of water caught in the cups is measured. Testing run times of pop-up spray heads are limited to five minutes. Testing run times of impact and rotor heads are limited to fifteen minutes. The auditor performing the test must be present and must observe sprinkle performance.