Drought Information Center

Stage 2 Watering Restrictions in Effect

Stage 2 Drought Conditions are still in effect.  We are grateful for the recent rains, and we did receive a lot of it, but it wasn't quite enough to get us out of the Stage 2 Drought Conditions.  Our lake levels did increase, but we still need more rain to get us back to the Stage 1 Drought Conditions.

According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, the City of Cleburne and the entirety of Johnson County, are in a (D2) Severe Drought Status.  The National Drought Mitigation Center, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), maintains and publishes the U.S. Drought Monitor as seen Here.

  • Stage 1 and 2 Drought Conditions requirements are triggered when the capacity in Lake Pat Cleburne drops to a level below 75% of the conservation storage capacity.  
  • Stage 3 Drought Conditions occur when the capacity in Lake Pat Cleburne reaches 50% of the conservation storage.
  • Stage 4 Drought Conditions occur when the capacity of Lake Pat Cleburne reaches 25% of the conservation storage. 

All these conditions are outlined in the City’s Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan.

At the July 26, 2022 City Council Meeting ,the City of Cleburne's Current Water Utility and Drought Conditions were discussed. The presentation that was  provided by Jeremy Hutt, Director of Public Works, can be seen here.  


  • Non-essential Water Use will be Prohibited.  Non-essential is defined as washing house windows, siding, eaves, and roof with a hose without the use of a bucket and a hose cutoff valve; washing driveways, streets, curbs and gutters; washing vehicles without a hose cutoff valve and bucket; draining filling swimming pools; and flushing water systems.
  • Outdoor Unattended Use of Water will be Permitted only One (1) Day Each Week and Only Within the Designated Hours (NO WATERING 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM).  Attended watering with a hose with a spray nozzle with a shut off or watering with a bucket will not be restricted.  Drip irrigation and use of soaker hoses will be restricted to the twice per week schedule.  The single watering day schedule for unattended irrigation will be as follows:


City Properties Stage 2 Water Restrictions

Lake Pat Cleburne Boat Ramps

boat ramp

Due to Low Water Levels the Boat Ramps have also been Closed at Lake Pat Cleburne. The Buddy Stewart and the West Boat Ramp are Closed and the East Boat Ramp closed on 7/21/2022.


Stage 1 Water Restrictions 

(Expired on 8/07/2022)

No Unattended Watering or Irrigation between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Customers must follow the weekly water schedule:

Property Usage
Days of the Week
Days/Times Allowed to Water Irrigation Systems

Non-Residential Sites (Apartments, Businesses, Parks, Common Areas)

Tuesday and Friday

6:00 pm to 9:00 am

Residential Addresses Ending in EVEN Numbers

Wednesday and Saturday

6:00 pm to 9:00 am

Residential Addresses Ending in ODD Numbers

Thursday and Sunday

6:00 pm to 9:00 am

Note:  Watering with irrigation systems is PROHIBITED by all property types on Mondays.


  • Watering of gardens used for growing food crops
  • Irrigation of new landscape is allowed at any time of day on any day for the initial 30-days provided that the irrigation is limited to the minimum amount necessary for establishment.
  • Watering in of chemicals, including insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides and herbicides is allowed anytime within 24 hours of application.
  • Irrigation systems may be operated anytime for maintenance and repair purposes, not to exceed 20 minutes per hour per zone.
  • Irrigation using a hand-held hose equipped with a spray nozzle that can be adjusted so water flows only as needed is allowed anytime.
  • The use of water from a reclaimed water system is allowed anytime. A reclaimed water system includes systems in which the primary source is reclaimed water, which may or may not be supplemented from another source during peak demand periods.

Water users are also encouraged to reduce frequent swimming pool draining and refilling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why were weekend days chosen as watering days?
Not everyone has an automatic irrigation system. Those who use hoses need some weekend time for watering. If your watering day is Saturday and you want to work in your yard on Saturday morning, try watering Saturday evening after you complete your yard work. Watch for signs of stress before watering.  Just because you can water on a certain day doesn’t mean that you have to water.

Why is irrigation being limited?
The bulk of our public water supply is for residential water use and landscape irrigation can account for more than half of total residential use.  Two day watering schedules have been shown to reduce overall water consumption by up to 33%.

When may I water with a soaker hose or drip irrigation? 
You may water gardens or trees with a soaker hose or drip irrigation at any time on any day.

What is the penalty for violating the watering restrictions?
Violators may be subject to penalties up to $500.

How can I report an irrigation violation?
Community members can report violations by calling 817-645-0977.


Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires all municipal water suppliers to develop and implement a drought contingency plan.  The City follows its Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan, which outlines processes and required measures for four levels of drought conditions – Mild, Moderate, Severe, and Emergency.

Water Conservation

For more information about water conservation and tips to reduce water use at your home please visit WaterIsAwesome.com.  Water is Awesome is a campaign to encourage North Texas residents to be more efficient with their water use.  Use it.  Enjoy it.  Just don't waste it.  You can find Indoor Water & Outdoor Water Saving Tips, Weekly Watering advice and even Native and Adaptive Plants.