Sugar Land, TX – Governor Greg Abbott’s drought disaster declaration for Fort Bend County combined with increased local water demand has caused Sugar Land to activate Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan, which includes voluntary water conservation to help reduce peak usage.
Demand is greatest during weekday mornings and early evenings, primarily due to increases in outdoor irrigation. To reduce peak demand and total water consumption, Sugar Land residents are strongly encouraged to water lawns twice a week according to a suggested watering schedule based on the last digit of their home address:
Commercial customers and homeowner associations are asked to water on Wednesdays and Saturdays. All residents and customers are asked to water between the hours of midnight to 10 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight.
The city is closely monitoring water production to determine if initiation of Stage 2 (Severe Water Distress Conditions) of the city’s Drought Contingency Plan is necessary. Stage 2 includes mandatory watering restrictions of twice per week.
Drought conditions in Sugar Land typically results in increased water consumption, primarily from landscape irrigation. Collectively reducing the number of days people irrigate reduces demand at peak times to ensure there is no strain on the water system. Water conservation is a community effort, and community participation from all residents and customers is essential in reducing the likelihood that the city will need to initiate Stage 2 mandatory water restrictions specified in the Drought Contingency Plan.
Water conservation tips follow:
- Check sprinkler heads, valves and drip emitters monthly. Make sure heads are aimed correctly, and immediately repair broken heads.
- Hold off on hand-washing your car unless necessary.
- Use a broom to clear pavement. Do not wash or rinse.
- Run faucets only when using them.
- Install water-efficient fixtures.
For more information on the city’s voluntary irrigation schedule, visit www.sugarLandtx.gov/Drought