City of Houston Implements Stage One Water Conservation Measures in City Hall Posted June 22, 2011 City of Houston Implements Stage One Water Conservation Measures Lack of rain and record high temperatures have made it necessary for the City of Houston to institute Stage One Water Conservation Measures, as outlined in Chapter 47 in the Code of Ordinances. The City requests residents limit lawn watering to the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. and NO more than two days per week. Residents are asked to abide by the following schedule: Sundays and Thursdays for customers with even-numbered street addresses Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with odd-numbered street addresses The City will also be contacting large commercial water customers to request voluntary reductions in water consumption. As required by the ordinance, City departments are instituting a water use reduction program which includes but is not limited to: Reducing water use by 10 percentImplementing corrective measures to eliminate water waste While the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department has adequate water capacity to meet the demands of its customers, the following tips can also help our customers be good water stewards during one of the most severe droughts in Texas history: . Keep showers under five minutes . Remember to turn water off while brushing your teeth . Wash only full loads of dishes or clothes . Replace older model showerheads and older faucet aerators with new low-flow ones, and install water conservative toilets . Inspect toilets for silent leaks by putting food coloring in the toilet tank. If colored water leaks into the toilet bowl before it is flushed, water is being lost due to a worn flapper. For more information please contact Alvin Wright at Alvin.Wright@houstontx.gov or call 832.395.2455.