The City of Houston will enter Stage One of the City’s Drought Contingency Plan, effective Tuesday June 21, 2022. The Drought Contingency Plan calls for Stage One water conservation measures when there is an observed drop in annual rainfall amounts and higher-than-normal daily temperatures.

During the past month, the City of Houston has had record-setting high temperatures above 90 degrees and a significant decrease in rainfall. As a result, most of Houston’s service area is experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions. These conditions call for implementation of Stage One water conservation measures.

Stage One drought response calls for the following voluntary water conservation efforts:

  • Limit outdoor watering to twice a week between the hours of 7PM and 5AM with the following schedule:
    • Sundays & Thursdays for single-family residential customers with even-numbered street addresses
    • Saturdays and Wednesdays for single-family residential customers with odd-numbered street addresses
    • Tuesdays and Fridays for all other customers

Water customers are also reminded to continue everyday efforts to prevent the loss of water:

  • Check & repair water leaks, including dripping faucets & running toilets
  • Check sprinkler heads to make sure water is not spraying into the street or directly into a storm drain and/or gutters

These voluntary efforts will help Houston reduce water use by 5%. The public will be notified when Stage One water conservation measures have been lifted.