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2024 Houston Water Restrictions

In response to the ongoing drought conditions and to ensure a sustainable water supply, the city of Houston has implemented water restrictions for 2024. It is crucial for all residents and businesses to adhere to these guidelines to conserve water and help our community manage this vital resource more effectively.

Why Water Restrictions?

Houston, like many other cities, faces periodic droughts that put a strain on our water supply. Water restrictions are necessary to:

  • Preserve our limited water resources.
  • Ensure there is enough water for essential uses such as drinking, cooking, and sanitation.
  • Prevent the depletion of reservoirs and wells.
  • Support the health of our local ecosystem.

Key Water Restrictions for 2024

Outdoor Watering

  • Restricted Hours: Outdoor watering is only allowed between 6 PM and 10 AM to minimize evaporation.
  • Odd/Even Watering Days:
    • Homes with odd-numbered addresses can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
    • Homes with even-numbered addresses can water on Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Watering Techniques:
    • Use drip irrigation and soaker hoses whenever possible.
    • Avoid using sprinklers that spray water into the air, which can lead to significant water loss.

Vehicle Washing

  • Commercial Car Washes:
    • Must use water-efficient equipment.
    • Recirculate at least 50% of the wash water.
  • Residential Car Washing:
    • Permitted only on designated watering days.
    • Use a bucket and a hose with a shutoff nozzle.

Pools and Spas

  • Filling Restrictions:
    • New pools and spas can be filled only once.
    • Existing pools and spas can be topped off but not drained and refilled.
  • Pool Covers:
    • Use pool covers to reduce evaporation when pools are not in use.

Landscaping and New Plantings

  • New Installations:
    • Limit new plantings to drought-resistant species.
    • Postpone major landscaping projects until restrictions are lifted.
  • Mulching:
    • Apply mulch around plants to retain moisture and reduce evaporation.

Enforcement and Penalties

  • Fines:
    • First offense: Warning
    • Second offense: $100 fine
    • Subsequent offenses: $250 fine
  • Reporting Violations:
    • Residents can report water waste violations to the city’s water conservation hotline or online portal.

Tips for Conserving Water

  • Fix Leaks:
    • Check for and repair leaks in faucets, toilets, and irrigation systems.
  • Smart Appliances:
    • Install water-efficient appliances and fixtures.
  • Mindful Usage:
    • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving.
    • Take shorter showers and consider installing a low-flow showerhead.

 

By following these water restrictions and adopting water-saving habits, we can all contribute to conserving Houston’s precious water resources. Together, we can ensure a reliable water supply for future generations.

For more details on the 2024 water restrictions or to report a violation, visit the city’s official website here or contact the water conservation at waterconservation@houstontx.gov. Let’s work together to make every drop count.