市长西尔维斯特·特纳（Sylvester Turner ）强调了需要额外的承包商来解决日益严重的水管问题，同时承认了自然力量的不可控影响。他说：“在面对大自然的力量时，我们必须尽力应对这场危机。”
Houston Announces Mandatory Watering Restrictions Amid Drought
Amid an unprecedented summer heatwave, the City of Houston has instituted mandatory water conservation measures to combat the ongoing drought. The scorching and arid conditions are causing significant challenges for Texans, particularly in Houston, where water main breaks are escalating, and water pressure issues persist.
Mayor Sylvester Turner emphasized the need for extra contractors to tackle the escalating water main problems while acknowledging the uncontrollable influence of nature. He stated, "We're compelled to manage this crisis as best we can in the face of Mother Nature's might."
Houston Public Works Director, Carol Haddock, highlighted the city's aim to curtail water consumption by 10% through collaborative efforts with local contractors. Haddock noted, "Our teams are working industriously alongside contracted partners to mend water leaks spanning the city."
The community is urged to cut back on indiscriminate lawn watering, a step seen as vital to optimizing the utilization of each precious drop during this southeastern Texas drought. While acknowledging the toll the drought has taken on lawns, the focus remains on collectively embracing water-saving practices.
Stage 2 restrictions outlined in the Drought Contingency Plan are as follows:
Houses with even-numbered street addresses are permitted to water between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Sundays and Thursdays.
Houses with odd-numbered street addresses can water on Saturdays and Wednesdays during the same time frame.
Tuesdays and Fridays are designated watering days for all other customers.
Any outdoor water usage that results in runoff onto adjacent properties, roads, or gutters is prohibited.
Transgressing these regulations may result in a written warning for initial violations, with subsequent infractions incurring fines of up to $2,000 per instance, as stipulated in Section 54.001 of the Texas Local Government Code.
Residents in nearby areas such as Katy and Tomball are already subjected to mandatory restrictions, while certain sections of Missouri City will implement similar measures starting Monday.
In Bellaire, Deer Park, Fulshear, Galveston, La Porte, Pasadena, Pearland, and Rosenberg, water conservation is encouraged voluntarily. The prevailing message underscores the significance of refraining from unnecessary water usage during these times to prevent exacerbating an already escalating predicament.