Lakeside residents who pump water from the Highland Lakes, or Austin's Lady Bird Lake, must have a contract with LCRA or other legal authorization to take water from the lakes under state law.
Residential property owners can obtain up to a 10-year contract 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
The annual rate for firm water, including domestic use, is $145 per acre-foot of water. An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons. Contracts are for up to 10 years. The minimum domestic use contract is for three-quarters of an acre-foot, at a cost of $108.75 per year.
LCRA requires domestic use, temporary, and landscape irrigation and recreation 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 and 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 1/2-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.