By Elsa Maxey
In the name of water conservation during this record breaking drought to reduce peak demand and total water consumption, the City of Sugar Land is asking residents to water their lawns by voluntarily abiding to a schedule.
Homeowners with even numbered addresses, like 624 Good Street, are asked to water on even numbered days of the month from 8 p.m. to midnight. Those with odd numbered addresses, like 521 Equally Good Street, on odd numbered days of the month from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The city reports that water demand is greatest during weekday mornings and early Sunday evenings. In the communication from the city, spokesperson Doug Adolph said that mandatory restrictions are not expected, but water use between 3 to 8 p.m. is excessively heavy and “the majority is obviously irrigation, particularly in Telfair and First Colony,” which could be HOA related.
Sugar Land’s Water Resources Manager Colleen Spencer said, “While the City has ample water supply, even in drought conditions, voluntary water conservation measures can greatly reduce the demand at peak times during the day.” She also said that getting ahead of drought conditions with voluntary conservation reduces the likelihood of initiating the city’s Drought Contingency Plan, which may be implemented as the city monitors water consumption and determines that additional measures may be needed.
Sugar Land’s helpful water conservation tips include setting a lawn mower’s blades for a two to three inch lawn and recommends leaving the grass clippings and covering bare ground with mulch.
The city asks residents to:
• Check sprinkler heads, valves and drip emitters monthly. Make sure heads are aimed correctly, and immediately repair broken heads.
• Use a broom to clear pavement.
• Use a hose spray nozzle with a shutoff handle to stop water flow.
• Create a water-efficient landscape by using drought-resistant and native plants.
• Repair leaks
• Run faucets only when using them
• Install water-efficient fixtures
For more information on the voluntary irrigation schedule, call the Sugar Land Utilities Department, 281- 275.2450.