Houston Remains Under Water Restrictions, But Water Trees
by: Gail Delaughter, September 7, 2011 9:09:00 pm
Parker says the city right now has around one thousand water main breaks it's working to fix with crews repairing about 100 breaks a day. It's a potential drop in water pressure that has Parker concerned.
"The blessing to us is that we have water in the reservoirs. The curse is that we're losing it though the leaks. I need the conservation measures to offset the water main breaks."
The city remains under stage two water conservation measures.
That means homeowners and businesses can only turn on their sprinklers or lawn irrigation systems on two designated days per week.
But Parker says people can still water trees, and she's encouraging people to help out by watering trees on public property if they're able to do so.
"We are encouraging companies that want to do business with the city of Houston and have the skills necessary to repair these high-pressure water line leaks to come forward. And working together we can get our arms around this issue."
As for issuing a ban on citywide outdoor burning, similar to the bans on the county level, Parker says her concern right now is not stray embers from a barbeque pit, but a cigarette tossed out of a car window.