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2024 Water Restrictions in Murphy, TX


As we move into 2024, conserving water remains a top priority for the city of Murphy, TX. To ensure a sustainable water supply and address ongoing drought concerns, the city has implemented new water restrictions effective January 1, 2024. These regulations apply to all residents, local businesses, and government officials within Murphy.

Key Restrictions

Residential Water Use

  1. Outdoor Watering:
    • Outdoor watering is limited to twice per week.
    • Odd-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
    • Even-numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays and Sundays.
    • Watering is prohibited between 10 AM and 6 PM to minimize evaporation.
  2. Irrigation Systems:
    • Use of automated irrigation systems is restricted to the designated watering days.
    • Hand-held hoses, drip irrigation, and soaker hoses are allowed at any time but must be equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
  3. Other Outdoor Activities:
    • Washing vehicles at home is only allowed using a bucket or a hose with a shut-off nozzle.
    • Filling swimming pools is permitted, but residents are encouraged to limit water use and cover pools when not in use to reduce evaporation.

Commercial Water Use

  1. Landscaping and Irrigation:
    • Businesses must adhere to the same outdoor watering schedule as residential properties.
    • New landscaping installations should prioritize drought-tolerant plants and efficient irrigation systems.
  2. Vehicle Washing:
    • Commercial car washes must use water recycling systems.
    • Washing fleets or vehicles must comply with the odd/even address schedule.
  3. Restaurants and Hospitality:
    • Water should be served to customers only upon request.
    • Hotels should encourage guests to reuse towels and bed linens to minimize laundry water use.

Government and Public Spaces

  1. Municipal Landscaping:
    • All city-owned properties must follow the same outdoor watering restrictions.
    • Parks and recreational facilities are encouraged to employ water-efficient irrigation practices.
  2. Public Awareness:
    • The city will continue to promote water conservation through community outreach and educational programs.

Enforcement and Penalties

To ensure compliance, the city will conduct regular inspections and monitoring. Violations of the 2024 water restrictions will result in the following penalties:

  • First Violation: Warning notice and education on water-saving practices.
  • Second Violation: $100 fine.
  • Third Violation: $500 fine and potential restriction of water services.

How You Can Help

Conserving water is a shared responsibility. Here are some additional tips to help you do your part:

  • Fix leaks promptly, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Use water-efficient fixtures and appliances.
  • Collect rainwater for garden use.
  • Be mindful of water use in daily activities.

Contact Information

For more information about the 2024 water restrictions or to report violations, please contact:

  • City Water Department: 972-468-4055
  • Email: waterconservation@murphytx.gov
  • Website: www.murphytx.org


Let’s work together to ensure a sustainable and water-efficient future for Murphy, TX. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to conserving our precious water resources.