MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) --Dried out leaves hang on Rachel Brewer's expensive trees and shrubs. She has 97 shrubs in the front lawn, but she can't water it with her sprinkler system.
"Right now all of our sprinkler meters have been turned off and we don't have the option of breaking the mandate," says Brewer.
Maumelle Water Management sent residents a water order stating they had a well failure. If residents disobey their sprinkler systems will be locked off and they'll be charged a reconnection fee.
"It's a concern because now you're talking about property values," says Mike Rynders.
"If they can't provide water for us because they can't keep up with water maintenance. There should be another entity willing to provide water for us such as Central Arkansas water."
Mark Brown with the Pulaski County Extension Office says Arkansas grass will go into a dormant state without water for the first two weeks.
"Everything will start to show symptoms of a drought, but that doesn't mean they will be dead the next day they can go a couple weeks or so until the problem is resolved over there," says Brown. "It has a defense mechanism and can live off of stored energy for a certain period of time."
Brown says just don't fertilize or mow the grass.
"Make sure your mulch is up and that will keep the soil temperatures down," says Brown.
Residents like Brewer are trying everything to conserve, from using her dog's water bowl to bath water so her plants will stay healthy.
Brown says Arkansas grass will be fine if homeowners water only once a week. It won't look pretty, but it won't die either. The best times to do it are early in the morning or late evening. Stay away from mid afternoon the hottest times of the day.