City of Houston may request water from Lake Conroe

July 23, 2011 8:13:35 PM PDT
An official notice has not yet been received, but the city of Houston has indicated that it will soon request a measured release of water from its two-thirds share of the water rights in Lake Conroe to meet the city's operational needs in Lake Houston.

An exact quantity and start date is not yet known, but initial estimates are that the city might request a release of up to 150 million gallons per day beginning sometime within the next two weeks. This equates to about half an inch per day.

Engineering staff for the city of Houston have indicated that the purpose of the release is to stabilize the lake level for operational needs.

The amount of water requested from Lake Conroe would be adjusted daily based on weather conditions in the Lake Houston watershed.

Lakefront property owners with boat slips are urged to monitor water levels and trailer their boats or store them in marinas if needed until normal rainfall patterns return and lake levels begin to rise.

For additional information, please visit the San Jacinto River Authority website at

This story is brought to you through our partnership with Houston Community Newspapers. You can read more in the Conroe Courier.

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