Water Use Restrictions In Houston—Chair Of Council Water Committee Opposes Enforcement Even During A Drought
( Above—Houston this past Sunday.)
Here is what the city is requiring of folks—
As you may be aware, due to persistent drought conditions and declining combined reservoir storage, Stage Two Water Conservation Measures went into effect for the City of Houston earlier this month. Customers must follow the irrigation limit and schedule which was originally voluntary during the Stage One measure, i.e., limit irrigation to the hours between 12:01 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. or between 8:00 p.m. and midnight on no more than two days per week in conformity with the following schedule:
• Sundays and Thursdays for customers with even‐numbered addresses
• Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with odd‐numbered addresses
So far people have not quite been fully on board with the water restrictions that the city has imposed.
Houston also has a problem of water main breaks caused by the drought conditions.
I wonder where any money will come from to address this infrastructure issue as the drought continues. I think this would be a good use for some of the Renew Houston money given that the public was misled on the cost of this initiative.
Houston Republican City Councilman Mike Sullivan does not think we should be ticketing homeowners for water issues.
“I don’t think we can penalize and cite homeowners when we’re behind in fixing our water leaks and also talking to business and industry about reducing water consumption,” said Councilman Mike Sullivan, chairman of the Council’s Water Resource Management Committee.
I guess we should only obey the law when it suits us to do so.
How long will we be “talking to business and industry about reducing water consumption?” The drought has been going on for many weeks and months already.
Aren’t you glad that the chair of the so-called Water Resource Mangement Resource Committee is going around saying we should not enforce water use restrictions during a drought.
While this idea is not under consideration in Houston, some water policy experts suggest that the best way to limit water use during a drought is to raise the price of water.
There is no way to know for certain that the current drought has anything to do with global warming.However, it is a possibility.
The water use restrictions are likely going to be with us in Houston for some weeks and months to come. Let us make an effort to comply.
(Below—Discovery Green Park on Sunday 8/21. Parched grass and no crowds.)