Know the Rules on Watering and Lawn Waste

Watering Restrictions

It pays to pay attention to City regulations regarding summer-time watering and how to dispose of yard waste so that you can avoid a fine (as much as $2,000) and still enjoy beautiful landscaping. You can find all the information you need to be in compliance on the City’s website at

Now through October 31, the Water Conservation Ordinance is in effect. In addition to specific days of the week you can water based on your address, requirements are:

  • Water only before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • Observe the maximum twice per week watering schedule.
  • Don’t water during any form of precipitation. Automatic sprinkler systems are required to have rain and freeze sensors.
  • Repair broken, missing or misdirected sprinkler heads.
  • Watering driveways, sidewalks or streets is prohibited.
  • Watering resulting in runoff onto streets, sidewalks or other drainage area is prohibited.
  • Watering by hand, drip irrigation or the use of soaker hoses is permitted at any time.

Yard Waste

As your yard greens up and you collect trimmings, remember that yard waste and bulky trash may be set out as early as 7 a.m. on the Thursday prior to your once per month collection week. Items must be placed just behind the curb line in front of your home. The bulk trash pick-up schedule is always featured on the front page of the LGNA newsletter, or you can check the current schedule online at under the Department of Sanitation.

In addition to avoiding an expensive citation, the rules are there to protect our natural resources and to avoid having grass clippings enter the storm drainage systems causing backups and other problems.