Drought-like conditions require voluntary water schedules
Sugar Land has implemented Stage 1 voluntary water restrictions to comply with a request from Gov. Rick Perry to conserve water.
A recent proclamation from Perry stated that exceptional drought conditions throughout the state pose an imminent threat to water supplies, including those in Fort Bend.
Moderate drought conditions continue in Fort Bend County, and the drought conditions could continue or worsen with the approaching summer months when water demand is traditionally high.
Sugar Land’s Stage 1 water restrictions require voluntary conservation. Customers should limit irrigation to no more than two days a week and adhere to the City’s voluntary irrigation zone schedule.
“While the City currently has plenty of water, reducing irrigation conserves water, helps us stay ahead of drought conditions and reduces the likelihood that the City will need to initiate Stage II mandatory water restrictions specified in our Drought Contingency Plan,” said Director of Public Works Robert Valenzuela. “We are not prohibiting outdoor water use, just asking customers to use water sensibly.”
The City’s Irrigation Zone Schedule is divided into three categories: residential, commercial/industrial and roadway. Each category assigns specific irrigation days based on location within the City. The residential schedules are either Wednesday and Sunday or Tuesday and Saturday.
Water is valuable; using it wisely is critical to water treatment and delivery operations.
• Water lawns only when needed; once every four days is ample.
• Turn-off irrigation systems when rain is predicted; leave them off until soil dries.
• Set lawn mower blades to cut grass 2-3 inches tall. Leave grass clippings on the lawn.
• Hand water landscape areas that that require extra water.
• Use a hose spray nozzle with a shutoff handle to stop water flow.
• Use a broom to sweep pavement.
• Choose drought-resistant, native plants.
• Inspect each sprinkler head for broken caps, leaks, clogged nozzles, misaligned, heads and over sprays and pressure issues.
Irrigation zone schedules and more water saving tips can be found at www.sugarlandtx.gov/sugarlandconserves or by calling (281) 275-2450.
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