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July 24, 2012

Input Requested on Proposed Changes to
City of Houston Drought Plan

After careful review of how the ordinance worked and how it was received during last year's drought, the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department is proposing revisions to the water shortages ordinance. The changes will provide for more effective water management and clearer guidance regarding implementation of temporary restrictions during a future drought.

The revisions include:

  • Consistency of definition
  • Progressive response stages
  • Strengthened enforcement tools

To see the current ordinance, visit Review the current COH Code of Ordinances Chapter 47, Article VII.

To see the proposed changes, visit Review the Draft version of Chapter 47, Article II.

To share your thoughts and ideas, visit comments page to leave your feedback.

The deadline for posting comments is Friday, August 17, 2012. The City of Houston looks forward to hearing your suggestions and if you need further information about this effort, contact Alvin Wright at or 832.395.2455.

The proposed revisions are consistent with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Drought Contingency Plan requirements found in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 288. These amendments support the City of Houston's efforts to address water shortages and enhance efforts during emergencies.

For more information about the Department of Public Work and Engineering, visit

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