Mandatory watering schedule
Additional watering restrictions
In addition to watering on your assigned days, keep the following in mind when setting a schedule on your irrigation clock:
- Sprinkler watering on Sundays is prohibited.
- Watering restrictions also apply to drip irrigation. While you may water any day of the week, watering may not exceed the maximum number of days per week allowed by the restrictions. Experts agree that running drip irrigation less frequently is much better for plants than daily watering.
- For lawns, use the cycle-and-soak method for sprinkler watering. On your assigned watering days, water in three 4-minute cycles, with about an hour between each cycle if using pop-up sprinklers. Water for about 12 minutes each watering cycle if using rotating sprinkler heads.
- Watering with a handheld hose and supervised testing of your irrigation system are allowed any time.
- Watering new or reseed landscapes daily for up to 14 days is allowed once per calendar year. Call 702-822-8571 before the planting takes place so we can make note of this on your water account. See more water waste exemptions.
Sprinkler watering tips for all seasons
Use the cycle-and-soak method
The cycle-and-soak sprinkler irrigation method allows soil to absorb water slowly and reduces the risk of runoff. Here’s how it works:
- Water 3 times a day
- 1 hour apart
- 4 minutes for each watering
- Water before sunrise May through October
Drip irrigation is usually needed less frequently than sprinkler irrigation. See our drip watering tips for details.
Don't water on windy or rainy days
Winds can send sprinkler water in unintended directions, saturating the sidewalk more than the lawn. Watering during rainy periods can cause soil over-saturation and wasteful runoff. Shut off the sprinklers on windy or rainy days and save as much as 500 gallons of water a day.
What to do if you have brown spots
If you notice brown spots in your lawn, check your sprinklers to see if any of the heads are broken or twisted. Also, check to see that your sprinklers are popping up 4 inches above the grass. You may water by hand with a hose. To break down surface tension and allow for better water absorption, add a tablespoon of liquid soap to a gallon of water and drench the brown spots with the mixture.
Seasonal watering schedules and watering group map
|Watering Group||Winter (November-February)||Spring/Fall (March-April/September-October)||Summer (May-August)|
|Monday||Monday, Wednesday, Friday||Monday-Saturday|
|Tuesday||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday||Monday-Saturday|
|Wednesday||Monday, Wednesday, Friday||Monday-Saturday|
|Thursday||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday||Monday-Saturday|
|Friday||Monday, Wednesday, Friday||Monday-Saturday|
|Saturday||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday||Monday-Saturday|
Assigned watering groups are mandatory for all Las Vegas Valley Water District customers. This map depicts watering group boundaries for Watering Group A from northbound U.S. highway 95 with Kyle Canyon Road and Grand Teton called out within this watering group, area west of Interstate 215 West Beltway to West Cheyenne Avenue. Watering Group B boundaries are West Cheyenne Avenue, area west of Interstate 215 West Beltway, Summerlin Parkway, West Vegas Drive and North Rancho Drive. Watering Group C boundaries are Summerlin Parkway, area west of Interstate 215 West Beltway to West Charleston Boulevard. Watering Group D boundaries are West Charleston Boulevard, area west of Interstate 215 West Beltway and Desert Inn Road. Watering Group E boundaries are Desert Inn Road, area west of Interstate 215 West Beltway and Tropicana Avenue. Watering Group F boundaries are Tropicana Avenue, area west of Interstate 215 West Beltway past South Fort Apache Road, and West Sunset Boulevard. Watering Group A boundaries also include West Sunset Boulevard, area west of South Fort Apache Road and West Wigwam Avenue, and West Windmill Lane. Watering Group B boundaries also include West Wigwam Avenue and West Windmill Lane, South Fort Apache Road, West Cactus Avenue and area south of West Cactus Avenue; area of South Interstate 15 and Saint Rose Parkway to Interstate 215.
Winter watering restrictions
Mandatory watering restrictions limit landscape irrigation to one assigned day per week from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28. Sprinkler watering on Sundays is prohibited.
Watering on a day other than your assigned watering day is considered water waste and may result in a fee.
Winter watering tips
- Aerate your lawn. Aeration pulls tiny plugs from the soil, allowing water to be better absorbed.
- Bermuda grass goes dormant in the winter so it doesn't need much water. Irrigate Bermuda grass just once per month November through March.
- Avoid afternoon winds and reduce the risk of icing by watering in the midmorning.
- Add a protective mulch on the soil around your plants to trap moisture.
- Drip irrigation may occur any day of the week, but must not exceed one day in winter.
Standard time change
Don't forget to set your irrigation clock back an hour when standard time begins on the first Sunday in November at 2 a.m. This also is a great time to check your clock's batteries.