With “extreme” to “exceptional” drought conditions declared in southeast Texas, and Houston instituting mandatory restrictions, Bellaire and West University have each activated their own Stage 2 drought plans seeking residents’ voluntary cooperation to conserve water.
Bellaire made the announcement Thursday afternoon, and West University issued an alert midday on Friday.
Here is what each means, according to city media releases:
During Stage Two, the city of Bellaire is requesting water customers to voluntarily limit the irrigation of landscaped areas to:
- Even-numbered days for water customers with a street address ending in an even number between 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
- Odd-numbered days for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number between 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The city also offered a list of general water conservation tips:
- Change timers on sprinklers to water during suggested hours.
- Check your swimming pool to make sure it is not overfilling.
- Check for and repair detectible water leaks as soon as possible.
- Take shorter showers.
- Wash only full loads of dishes or clothing.
- Replace older-model showerheads and faucets.
The city of West University Place is aware that the city of Houston has initiated Stage 2 of its Drought Contingency Plan. At this time West U has activated Stage 2, voluntary water use restrictions, of our Drought Contingency Plan. city of Houston’s Stage 2 consists of mandatory restrictions. These restrictions do not apply to city of West University Place residents. West U’s Stage 2 only consists of voluntary water restrictions.
We are asking residents to conserve water and help us manage the water demand by following these easy steps.
At this time we request residents restrict their outside watering. Daily watering is permitted, but it is recommended to only water between the hours of 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
- Check your irrigation system to verify that your water is going on the lawn and not on your sidewalks, driveways, streets, or walls. You may need to adjust the spray angles on the sprinkler heads.
- Check your irrigation system through an entire cycle to verify that your water is staying on the lawn and soaking in, and not running down the street. You may need to water for a shorter time and possibly more frequently allowing for the water to soak in and not run down the street.
- Check your irrigation system for leaks:
- Turn on each area and walk through the area served to verify no water is running out of the ground or shooting straight up into the air. You may have a broken pipe or a damaged sprinkler head.
- With the irrigation system off for at least 30 minutes, check each sprinkler head and verify that no water is coming out of the sprinkler head, if the water is coming out of the sprinkler head this indicates that one of the valves is not closing completely.
- Shortly after the irrigation system turns off walk through the yard looking for sand or dirt washed up by the sprinkler system this will indicate a leak in an underground pipe.
- In addition to the provided tips, watering on different days will assist us in managing the water demand by spreading the demand over more days.
- Remember to check your indoor plumbing for any leaks, such as dripping faucets or running toilets.
More information can be found by visiting, www.westutx.gov/waterconservation.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Public Works Office at 713-662-5839 or via email at email@example.com.