The City of Bellaire has activated Stage 1 of its drought contingency plan. The drought contingency plan is a part of legislation that was approved by the Texas Legislature, which requires all cities and public utilities that sell water to have water conservation plans in place.
In a notice sent to all its water customers, and posted on the city’s web-site, the Public Works Department in Bellaire is encouraging residents to start conserving water as the weather gets drier and warmer.
The notice states: “ Bellaire’s surface water comes from man-made lakes, which are also used by other cities that will be affected by the warmer and drier weather. Lake levels may decrease due to heavy demand and the dry conditions. Also, the dry conditions can increase the chances of wildfires, which likely could create additional demands on water resources. As the demand increases and the supply under increased stress, it is imperative that all water users are aware of and take positive steps to conserve this valuable resource.”
The notice includes several tips on how to conserve water, which includes not watering lawns each day, since most area lawns only need about one inch of water per week; setting timers on automatic sprinkler systems to water only after midnight, and never allowing water to run off into the street.
Other tips from the city:
*Check your swimming pool to make sure it is not overfilling.
*Check for and repair detectible water leaks as soon as possible.
*Keep showers under five minutes.
*Turn water off while brushing teeth.
*Wash only full loads of dishes or clothing.
*Replace older-model showerheads and faucets.
*Limit washing vehicles.
For further information on thecCity of Bellaire Drought Contingency Plan and Water Conservation, please go to www.ci.bellaire.tx.us/drought.
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