City of Abilene

Abilene is Currently Observing
Year Round Water Use Management

Abilene, like many Texas cities, has established drought restrictions through an ordinance to proactively manage our water resources. The restrictions limit water use based on levels of our three main water sources, but specifically Lake Fort Phantom Hill.

Unless a water conservation stage is triggered and while Lake Fort Phantom Hill is less than 5 feet below the spillway, Abilene implements year-round water use management. Residents are permitted to water three days a week on specific days based on their address from midnight-10 a.m. or 6 p.m.-midnight only. However, City officials still encourage residents to conserve water by watering their lawn once every seven days on one of the designated water days.


Year-round water use management allows:

  • Two- and three-day per week watering on designated days based
  • Watering from midnight-10 a.m. and 6 p.m.-midnight
  • Watering of shrubs, trees, flowerbeds, gardens, and landscape irrigation with sprinklers and drip irrigation during designated days and times
  • Filling of fountains with recycling devices and swimming pools on designated watering days
  • Charity car washes with positive shut-off hose nozzles and no wasting water


Water wasting, which includes water running more than 75 feet from a property, is prohibited in all stages of the Abilene Water Conservation plan. For more information on Abilene’s water stages and conservation, visit or call (325) 676-6405.