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January 11, 2012

Mayor Parker Rescinds Stage Two Water Shortage Measures
Water Wise Methods Still Encouraged

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the Public Works and Engineering Department of the City of Houston have lifted the mandatory water conservation measures imposed last summer. The move follows recent rains and cooler temperatures, which have increased lake levels in all three drinking water reservoirs. As the City continues to experience severe drought conditions, a special thanks to Houston residents for all of your efforts to date and please continue voluntary water conservation.

According to the National Weather Service, the Houston area remains in severe to exceptional drought. Coupled with long term predictions, it is clearly possible that Houston may experience an even more challenging summer this year than last. While surface water storage has recovered to an extent, it is unlikely that the City will have as much storage at the start of summer this year as we had last year, leading to a likeliness that conservation measures will need to be reinstated. In the meantime, all water customers are strongly encouraged to practice and further develop water conservation efforts.

The following tips can also help our customers be good water stewards during one of the most severe droughts in Texas history.

Ways to use water wisely:

  • Keep showers under five minutes. Water saved: 2 to 5 gallons per minute
  • Remember to turn water off while brushing your teeth
  • Wash only full loads of dishes or clothes
  • Replace older model showerheads and faucet aerators with new low-flow models and install low water use toilets
  • Inspect toilets for silent leaks by putting food coloring in the toilet tank. If colored water leaks into the toilet bowl before flushing water is being lost due to a worn flapper
  • Refrain from washing any vehicle or motorbike unless the dirt poses a driving hazard
  • Refrain from washing down any sidewalk, walkway, driveway, parking lot or any other hard-surfaced area
  • Refrain from filling, refilling or adding water to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool, spa or whirlpool

The Public Works and Engineering Department website http://www.publicworks.houstontx.gov/index.html offers valuable information to encourage residents to use water wisely, which will reduce the large demand on our water system. Using water wisely can not only save water, but also reduce water bills. For more information visit http://www.publicworks.houstontx.gov/utilities/conservation.html.



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