Domestic Use

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

Residential property owners can obtain three-year contracts from LCRA to pump water from one of the Highland Lakes or Lady Bird Lake.


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. The minimum domestic use contract is for three-quarters of an acre-foot, at a cost of $131.25 per year.

Watering schedule
LCRA requires domestic use and temporary irrigation customers to follow a maximum twice-a-week outdoor watering schedule.

The schedule 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.

​Domestic use watering schedule
Domestic use customers may water on the following days:

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays for addresses ending in odd numbers.
  • Thursdays and Sundays for addresses ending in even numbers.


Hours: Midnight to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight.
Maximum amount of water allowed:

  • June through September: 1 inch per week or a half an inch twice a week
  • March, April, May and October: 1/2-inch per week
  • November through February: No watering


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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​Please note:
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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