WaterSmart Tools & Resources

Tools & Resources

Water My Yard

Automatic irrigation systems often are improperly programmed and can lead to overwatering. LCRA has partnered with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to offer the free Water My Yard program, which provides recommendations on how long to run irrigation systems efficiently while maintaining healthy lawns.

The program uses a home or business address, irrigation system information and local weather information to recommend outdoor irrigation runtimes for specific neighborhoods. By filling out a simple online form, residents and business owners can receive weekly email or text message updates on optimal watering times for their specific neighborhoods.

See Water My Yard service areas in LCRA's service area:

Home Water Works

Find quick and easy ways to save water for home and business. When you conserve water, you also conserve energy.  Use the interactive water calculator to learn how much water various household activities can use.

WaterSmart landscaping for Central Texas

Thin soils, hot weather and periodic droughts punctuated by torrential downpours make gardening in Central and South Texas a challenge. LCRA adopted WaterSmart landscape guidelines to help homeowners and homebuilders create well-designed, water-efficient landscapes.


Alliance for Water Efficiency Help improve water efficiency in the United States.

The Irrigation Association Read about the irrigation industry™s trade organization and its best management practices.

Texas Turf Irrigation Association Find an irrigator in your area from this association for licensed irrigation professionals in Texas.

Texas Master Gardeners Association Learn from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension™s Texas Master Gardener, a volunteer program designed to grow horticultural information throughout the state, town by town.

Sensible Landscaping for Central Texas. Read the Austin Homebuilders Association™s online guide to create successful landscapes that save time, energy and water.

Rainwater Harvesting

Texas Water Development Board™s Rainwater Harvesting Resources Dive into an 88-page guide on capturing rainwater and view reports on rainwater harvesting commissioned by TWDB.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Rainwater Harvesting Catch up on rainwater harvesting basics, upcoming events and programs, and locations where you can watch rainwater harvesting demonstrations.

American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association Learn sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout Texas and the world.

LCRA Redbud Center Stop by and check out the center™s innovative 31,000-gallon water harvesting system, which collects both rainwater and air conditioning condensate for use in toilet flushing, drip irrigation and the on-site Highland Lakes water feature.