Emergency water rationing for League City

June 22, 2012 5:43:39 AM PDT
People in League City are under orders to conserve after a pipe carrying nearly all of the city's water sprung a severe leak.

Officials say there is a leak in the line that carries 90 percent of the city's water. They've implemented a Stage 3 Water Alert which means no watering your lawns, no washing cars, and no filling up swimming pools.

Repairs are underway and crews say it could be another 24 to 36 hours before the line is fully replaced. The new pipe to replace the broken 39 inch pipe was brought to the site.

The water line they are having to replace runs to League City from Houston. The city says the break shouldn't affect water distribution but residents must follow the city's mandatory restrictions.

"League City is currently on a Stage 3 water restriction which is the severe, most stringent restrictions and that limits basically all irrigation and all car wash and any usage other than essential usage," said Public works manager Jodi Hooks.

Crews are working around the clock to get the line repaired. At this point, there are no water boil notices.

Stage Three of the Drought Contingency Plan is the most stringent stage and includes the following restrictions:

  • Irrigation of landscaped areas is absolutely prohibited.
  • Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorcycle, 4-wheeler, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle is absolutely prohibited.
  • Use of water to wash down any sidewalk, walkway, driveway, parking lot, tennis court, or other hard surface area is absolutely prohibited.
  • Flushing of gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street is absolutely prohibited.
  • Washing down any building or structure for purposes other than immediate fire protection is absolutely prohibited.
  • Use of water to fill, refill or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi-type pools or water-slides is prohibited.
  • Use of water in a fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited, except when necessary to support aquatic life.


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