Water Conservation

On June 30, 1998 the Killeen City Council adopted a Water Conservation Plan. The plan determines how residents are to use water resources between May 1 and September 30 of each calendar year. The plan allows for efficiency and detail when addressing water use within the City of Killeen.

It is the desire of the City to educate and inform the residents of the need to exercise wise judgment in the use of water. By complying with the voluntary conservation of water between May 1 and September 30 each year, the City hopes to avoid advancing past Stage 1 of the four stage Water Conservation Plan.

Stage 1

Voluntary Conservation encourages residents to voluntarily limit the amount of water used to the amount essential for health, business, and outdoor water use. Stage 1 automatically goes into effect each year from May 1 until September 30. Residents are encouraged to voluntarily limit outdoor watering by sprinklers and soakers to the hours of 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. The use of irrigation systems is encouraged between midnight and 10 a.m. Plant nurseries are encouraged to curtail nonessential water use.

Residents are also encouraged to repair any leaking valves, faucets, sprinkler heads or other leaks, to refrain from washing sidewalks, patios and other paved areas, to adjust sprinklers to prevent water runoff and to be cognizant of water runoff when washing cars or other activities.

Stage 2

Mandatory Water Use

Management mandates that any outdoor irrigation occur between the hours of 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. Irrigation of vegetation by permanently installed irrigation systems should take place solely between midnight and 10 a.m. Residents can conduct hand held watering at any time during Stage 2.

Stage 2 still allows for the watering of ground foundations between midnight and 10 a.m., as well as the use of water for land development and building construction processes. Permits for drawing water from designated fire hydrants must be obtained from the city's Public Works Department. Prohibited under Stage 2 of the plan are the following:

  • Charity car washes
  • Operation of ornamental fountains and / or similar devices
  • Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, streets, tennis courts, patios, and paved areas unless immediate health or fire hazards exist.
  • Operating irrigation systems with broken heads
  • Allowing water to pond to a depth greater than 1/4 of an inch.
  • Serving water to restaurant customers except when specifically requested by patron.
  • Car washing on any day other than designated water days* between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. This does not apply when washing takes place on the premise of a commercial car wash.

Stage 3

Emergency Water Use

Management enforces all of the restrictions of Stage 2 with some added guidelines. Under Stage 3 outdoor irrigation is relegated to the same time period. However, Stage 3 mandates outdoor irrigation may occur only on designated water days.*

Under Stage 3 car washing at any location other than a commercial car wash is prohibited. Car washing at commercial car washes must occur only between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. Prohibited under Stage 3 of the plan are the following:

  • The establishment of any new landscapes of any type
  • Filling, refilling, or adding water to swimming pools, with the exception of pools equipped with filtration and re-circulation systems that include gutter drains
  • Leaking pools may not be refilled

Stage 4

Emergency Water Use

Management enforces all elements of Stage 3. Outdoor irrigation of vegetation using hand held hoses or watering cans is permitted between the hours of 6 to 10 a.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Prohibited under Stage 4 of the plan are the following:

  • No irrigation using permanently installed irrigation systems, hose end irrigation or drip irrigation.

Designated Water Schedule

*When specifically mentioned, residents should adhere to the Designated Water Day plan. Determine what is your designated water day using the following chart:

  • Last digit of address: Days of month
  • 1 and 2: 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26
  • 3 and 4: 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27
  • 5 and 6: 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28
  • 7 and 8: 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29
  • 9 and 0: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30

It is the duty of the city of Killeen to ensure that water resources within our community are adequate today and tomorrow. Through voluntary compliance with the Water Conservation Plan, residents demonstrate a commitment to our community and its resources. To determine what stage of the Water Conservation Plan we are operating under, contact City Hall at 254-501-7600 or 254-501-7751, or watch the government access channel (Time Warner Cable Channel 10).

20 Ways to Reduce the Amount of Water You Use

  • Repair all leaky faucets, fixtures, and pipes at your residence.
  • Install flow restrictors on faucets.
  • Do not leave water running continuously during dish washing, shaving, brushing of teeth and while washing hands.
  • Run the dishwasher and clothes washer only for full loads, or utilize the lowest water setting for small loads.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly or start a compost pile for vegetable scraps.
  • Scrape dishes clean instead of rinsing them clean.
  • Rinse vegetables and fruit in a sink or pan filled with water instead of running them under running water.
  • Reuse water from rinsing vegetables for watering plants.
  • Keep container of cold water in the refrigerator, as opposed to running the faucet to get cold water.
  • Install a low-flow shower head to limit the amount of water dispensed per minute.
  • Reduce shower time and/or install a cutoff valve.
  • Reduce the amount of water used for bathing by 1 to 2 inches.
  • Take a shower not a bath.
  • Never use the toilet to dispose of cleaning tissues, cigarette butts or other trash.
  • Water lawns only when needed, use a soil moisture meter to determine the need to water.
  • Do not over water your yard; over watering results in water run off.
  • Use sprinklers that produce large drops of water instead of those that produce a mist.
  • Set automatic sprinklers to provide thorough, but infrequent, watering (1 inch every 5 days).
  • Utilize rain shutoff devices to prevent watering during rain.
  • Use drip irrigation systems for bedded plants, trees, shrubs, or turn the hose upside down so that water penetrates directly into the ground.