City of Houston imposes mandatory water restrictions

Aug. 16, 2011 in News Articles

HOUSTON (KTRK) — The city of Houston has been added to the list of cities enacting mandatory water restrictions due to the ongoing drought.


Houston mayor Annise Parker Monday issued mandatory water restrictions for the city of Houston that include the following:

  • Repair all detectable leaks within 72 hours of discovery and
  • Limit outdoor irrigation to the hours between 8pm and 10am on NO more than two days per week according to the following schedule:
  • Sundays and Thursdays for customers with even-numbered street addresses
  • Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with odd-numbered street addressess

The city says failure to follow requirements may result in fines.

“While these restrictions are mandatory, we will begin with warnings and an informational campaign because the goal is voluntary compliance,” said Mayor Parker. “For those who insist on not being good neighbors, citations will follow.”

According to a release, the city is also taking steps to conserve, including the following:

  • Suspension of any scheduled window washing
  • Suspension of any scheduled power washing of buildings, sidewalks and parking areas
  • Discontinue washing city vehicles or equipment except for health, safety or critical maintenance reasons

Order an audit of all irrigation systems for leaks to ensure proper operation of timers and sprinkler heads. LEAGUE CITY

League City has banned watering lawns. Also, you cannot wash your vehicles or refill pools. Even restaurants are being told not to give water by the glass to customers, unless the customer requests it. Those caught violating this order could face up to a $500 fine. See what is prohibited under the League City restrictions.


The city of Galveston is now prohibiting all outdoor watering. The City has enacted modified Stage 2 mandatory water restrictions. Irrigation of landscaped areas with potable water is prohibited, as well as the use of automatic sprinkler systems, hoses, and hand-held watering devices to irrigate landscaped areas using potable water. All residents and businesses in the City of Galveston must comply with these restrictions, which will continue until further notice. Violating water use restrictions could result in fines and penalties. See a complete list of mandatory water use restrictions in Galveston.


On Thursday, the Woodlands’ MUDs notified residents that it has gone straight from Stage 1 to Stage 3 of its drought contingency plan. What that means for residents in The Woodlands is that lawn watering restrictions are mandatory. Residents can water no more than twice a week. Those living at odd number addresses can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Those with even number addresses can water on Thursdays and Sundays. Restaurants are being asked to serve water only upon request. See what is prohibited under The Woodlands restrictions.


There are also mandatory water restrictions in La Marque, Kemah, Dickinson, Texas City, Hitchcock, Baycliff, Tiki Island, Bayou Vista and San Leon [Check map of restrictions]



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