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Houston Water Supply High Despite Dry Summer

Houston Public Works officials are watching the water meters this summer, because of the hot and dry weather. Even though some towns in the area are rationing water, they say the situation would have to get a lot worse before they would consider rationing in Houston. Houstonians are using a lot of water to keep […]

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Houston Public Works officials are watching the water meters this summer, because of the hot and dry weather. Even though some towns in the area are rationing water, they say the situation would have to get a lot worse before they would consider rationing in Houston.

Houstonians are using a lot of water to keep their yards from turning brown, but the Public Works Department says that’s not a problem right now because the city has a lot of water for them to use. Spokesman Wes Johnson says even in the driest summer in memory five years ago, they set a one-day record for water use by pumping 583 million gallons of water. He says this summer’s water use is nowhere near that level and it doesn’t come anywhere near using up the city’s total capacity.

Johnson says Houston is in the happy position of getting most of its water from surface sources, the San Jacinto and Trinity Rivers, and it has so much surplus it sells water to other municipalities in the metro area. While rationing is always an option, Johnson says it’s an extreme option, and daily water usage would have to rise to at least

Johnson says this does not mean people should waste water. He says saving money on water bills is always good, and he’s encouraging people to save money by cutting back on their water use as much as they can.

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