Domestic Use

Lakeside residents who wish to take water from the Highland Lakes, or Austin's Lady Bird Lake, must first have a contract with LCRA or have other legal authorization to take water from the lakes under state law.

Residential property owners can obtain a three-year contract from LCRA to pump water from one of the Highland Lakes.


If you are moving in or out, need a new sticker to identify the water intake for your property or have a domestic use contract and currently cannot access water from lakes Buchanan or Travis, please email domesticwateruse@lcra.org.


The annual rate for firm water, including domestic use, is $175 per acre-foot of water. An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons. Contracts are for three years and are subject to renewal. The minimum domestic use contract is for three-quarters of an acre-foot, at a cost of $131.25 per year.

Once-per-week watering schedule

Domestic use and temporary irrigation customers may water only once per week because of the region's serious drought.

The LCRA Board of Directors approved a temporary amendment to LCRA's Drought Contingency Plan in November 2013, setting the once-per-week watering maximum. The restricted watering schedule will remain in effect until combined water storage in lakes Travis and Buchanan increases to more than 1.1 million acre-feet, or LCRA resumes supplying water to customers in the Gulf Coast, Lakeside or Pierce Ranch irrigation areas.

The restriction does not apply to watering with drip irrigation or soaker hoses that have working on/off timers, watering with a hand-held hose that has a shut-off nozzle or watering with a faucet-filled bucket that holds no more than five gallons.

Violators will be subject to surcharges. Read the answers to frequently asked questions about once-per-week watering.

Domestic use watering schedule

Domestic use customers may water on the following days:

  • Addresses ending in odd numbers: Saturdays.
  • Addresses ending in even numbers: Sundays.


Hours: Midnight to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight.


Few people have the right to take water stored in the Highland Lakes without an LCRA contract. Only a person with an old "riparian" water right, a domestic and livestock exemption or a water right issued by the state of Texas can possibly take water from the Colorado River absent a contract with LCRA.

Most customers are already doing their part to protect the Colorado River, a valuable natural resource shared by everyone in the lower Colorado River basin. All water users should pay their share of the costs to maintain the dams, protect water quality, conserve water, and plan for the future of the water supply.






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Payments received after 2 p.m. will be posted the next business day.

Free Landscape Irrigation Checkup

LCRA offers free landscape irrigation system checkups to domestic use customers. The service can make your sprinkler system more efficient, saving water and money. The checkup also makes you eligible for up to $350 in rebates for water-saving equipment. Contact Brett Briant at 512–578–4775 or brett.briant@lcra.org to schedule an irrigation checkup, or visit watersmart.org for more information and water-saving tips.

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