Houston asks for voluntary water conservation from residents

City officials activate Stage One of Drought Contingency Plan as abnormally high temperatures and dry weather continues.

Houstonians were encouraged to conserve water as the city entered Stage One of its Drought Contingency Plan on Tuesday.

City officials said most of its service area was under moderate to severe drought conditions due to continued unseasonably hot temperatures and a lack of rainfall.

The plan, all voluntary, calls for a decrease in outdoor watering and limits it to twice a week, between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The schedule for outdoor watering designates Sundays and Thursdays for homes with even-numbered street addresses, Saturdays and Wednesdays for odd-numbered street addresses, and Tuesdays and Fridays for all other customers.

Houston residents were also encouraged to be mindful of their daily water consumption. The plan calls for individuals to check for water leaks and fix malfunctioning sprinkler heads.

Other water conservation tips include taking shorter showers, utilizing pool covers and using fewer dishes.

Officials said the measures would reduce Houston’s water usage by as much as 5% if residents followed the suggestions.