Stage Two Water Conservation Implemented In Houston

Houston's mayor has followed through on last week's notice that she would be ordering mandatory water conservation measures.

Mayor Annise Parker says because of persistent drought conditions and continuously decreasing water levels in Lake Houston, Stage Two water conservation measures are being implemented.

That means water customers are to limit lawn watering to after 8 in the evening and before 10 in the morning — and no more than two days per week. Watering for even-numbered addresses is limited to Sundays and Thursdays, and odd-numbered addresses can water only on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Mayor Parker says the city is beginning with warnings and an informational campaign, but citations will follow for those who fail to comply. 

Parker says the city will suspend window-washing or power-washing, and the cleaning of city vehicles will be discontinued, except for health, safety or critical maintenance. 

The city is also recommending people limit showers to five minutes or less, wash only full loads of dishes or clothes and refrain from filling, refilling or adding more water to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool, spa or whirlpool.

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