Emergency Water Conservation Ordinance

An Emergency Ordinance was approved on April 2, 2013 putting in place watering restrictions to protect the City's water resources. WaterConservation_left facing_225w_thumb.jpg

These temporary measures will go into effect immediately and include:

  • No watering of outdoor vegetation before April 16
    • Exceptions: hand watering, commercial agriculture irrigation, short grass irrigation on City-owned golf course, irrigation on athletic fields used at least once per week for sporting events
  • After April 16, no outdoor irrigation may occur between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm
    • Exceptions: commercial agriculture irrigation, hand watering
  • The following was modified as of May 21, 2013 and is NO LONGER IN EFFECT: "The planting or installation of any lawn or turf grasses in lawns, yards, or other areas is prohibited"

Additional restricted actions include;

  • The overrun of water onto any area not covered by vegetation such as sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streets and other paved areas
  • The washing of any paved area with a hose using water from the municipal watering system


This ordinance applies to all City of Lafayette municipal water customers. Fines will be assessed to water customers disregarding the emergency ordinance regulations. The amounts range from a minimum of $100 for first time offenders to a $500 minimum for third-time offenders.

Read the full content of Ordinance No. 07, Series 2013.

The City will also be taking additional conservation measures such as no hydrant flushing, no street cleaning of medians and no watering of rough grass areas at the golf course.

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What does "hand watering" include?

Hand watering is the manual use of a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle. The hose must be attended at all times while water is running. Hand watering does not include attaching a hose to a sprinkler, manually operating an irrigation system, or placing a hose with running water on the ground.

Frequently Asked Questions about the new water conservation ordinance