Houston, 4th-largest US city, moves to 'Stage 1' water limits as part of drought contingency plan

Under the plan, alternating lawn-watering schedules are among the voluntary measures being urged, Houston Public Works says.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Houston, 4th-largest US city, moves to 'Stage 1' water limits
Houston Public Works moved the city into Stage 1 of its drought contingency plan, citing drop in rainfall amounts and higher-than-normal temperatures.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Lowered rainfall amounts and higher-than-normal daily temperatures have pushed the city of Houston into Stage 1 of its drought contingency plan.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Houston Public Works urged residents to take voluntary conservation measures in order for the city to reduce water use by 5%.

"During the past month, the City of Houston has had record-setting high temperatures above 90 degrees and a significant decrease in rainfall. As a result, most of Houston's service area is experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions," Houston Public Works' statement read.

A significant measure that the city is pushing is a limited watering schedule that allows single-family residences certain days to water their lawns based on their street addresses.

The plan calls for the following:

  • Limit outdoor watering to twice a week between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.;
  • Single-family residential customers with an even-numbered street address water on Sundays and Thursdays;
  • Single-family residential customers with an odd-numbered street address water on Saturdays and Wednesdays;
  • All other customers, including businesses, water Tuesdays and Fridays.

The plan also calls for measures around the home, including:

  • Check and repair water leaks, including dripping faucets & running toilets;
  • Check sprinkler heads to make sure water is not spraying into the street or directly into a storm drain and/or gutters.

The public will be notified when Stage 1 water conservation measures have been lifted, Houston Public Works concluded.

The city is offering additional water conservation measures through the public works website.

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