A couple of days ago, the City of Houston implemented stricter water conservation measures. And, yes, that affects citizens in Fort Bend County— about 38,000 individuals of the City of Houston live in Fort Bend County. The City of Houston, along with First Colony MUD No. 9 are now at “Stage 2” of their drought plans. More about the actions of the City of Houston can be found in the report from KHOU.com staff, published on August 16, 2011. The article:
Mayor Annise Parker on Monday implemented the City of Houston’s “Stage Two” water conservation plan, making the previous voluntary water restrictions mandatory for all residents.
Under the Stage Two plan, Houston residents are required to repair all detectable leaks within 72 hours of discovery and limit outdoor watering to two days a week.
Residents at even-numbered street addresses can water their lawns on Sundays and Thursdays, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. Residents with odd-numbered addresses can water on Saturdays and Wednesdays, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 a.m.
Failure to comply with the restrictions could result in hundreds of dollars in fines.
Parker said it wasn’t her intention to hand out a slew of violations, but residents are asked to take the restrictions seriously.
“While these restrictions are mandatory, we will begin with warnings and an informational campaign because the goal is voluntary compliance,” said Parker. “For those who insist on not being good neighbors, citations will follow.”
The City of Houston will also begin internal water-conservation measures, including the suspension of any scheduled window or power-washings, an audit of all irrigation systems for leaks, and the suspension of washing city vehicles or equipment except for health, safety or critical maintenance reasons.
The city has three main water reservoirs: Lake Livingston, Lake Houston and Lake Conroe.
Officials said because of the persistent drought conditions, they plan to start drawing water from Lake Conroe to stabilize the declining water level at Lake Houston.
It will be the first time the city has drawn water from Lake Conroe since 1988 — and only the third time in its history.
So far this summer, Lake Conroe has been losing about half a foot of water every month. Once the city starts drawing water, that will increase to more than a foot and a half a month.
In a news conference last week, Parker reminded concerned Lake Conroe property owners that the lake was built thanks to Houston taxpayers in the early 1960s.
“It is what it is,” Parker said. “There may be recreational impacts. We have to provide the necessary water to our population.”
After “Stage Two,” there are two, more serious levels of water rationing.
In the meantime, residents are also encouraged to take other water-conservation measures when possible, such as installing low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and toilets, refraining from washing cars or filling swimming pools, limiting showers to five minutes, washing only full loads of dishes or clothes and turning off the water while brushing their teeth.