Houston Remains Under Water Restrictions, But Water Trees

Mayor Parker says she doesn't expect to lift Houston's water restrictions anytime soon. Because of the lingering drought, residents are still limited to watering lawns two days a week while crews stay busy repairing water main breaks.

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. 

water pumpage for SeptemberMeanwhile the city hopes to get a handle on the water main breaks by bringing in more private repair crews.

“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. 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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