Houston in Stage One Water Conservation Mode

The lack of rain is putting a strain on the water supply system and the dry soil is causing issues. Because of these strains, both Houston and Pearland are now in stage one water conservation mode. Bill Stamps reports.

Two things you can always count on in Houston are heat and rain. But this year there’s been so little rain, engineers say the dry soil is shifting and causing underground water pipes to burst.

This is Mayor Parker:

"We are now facing and epidemic of water main breaks which is causing a significant problem in our water distribution system."

The City of Houston is now initiating a stage one water conservation alert.

It works like this: property owners with an even number street address are being asked to water their yards on Sunday and Thursdays. Those with odd number addresses are asked to water on Saturday and Wednesdays.

Houston Public Works director Dan Krueger explains what a stage one alert is:

"Basically is a first step when the system may be under stress and the extended hot weather pattern and dry weather pattern has put this one component of our system under some extent of stress."

The City of Pearland is also asking residents to conserve water. Assistant city manager John Branson explains how their process will work.

"If a resident lives at a odd number address, then we are asking them to water their landscaping on odd dates of the month, and if it’s an even address, on even dates of the month."

In Houston, there are about 500 water main breaks the city is working to get fixed. Mayor Parker is asking anyone who sees a leak to call the city immediately.