Houston asks Texans to conserve water in case of drought

Houston asks Texans to conserve water in case of drought

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Houston asks its more than 2 million residents to conserve water during moderate to severe drought conditions.

The Texas city on Tuesday activated a plan calling for “stage one” conservation measures following an observed drop in rainfall and above-normal temperatures.

“Over the past month, the City of Houston has experienced record high temperatures above 90 degrees and a significant decrease in precipitation,” Houston Public Works said in a statement. “As a result, most of the Houston service area is experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions. These conditions require the implementation of first-stage water conservation measures.”

The plan asks people to limit outdoor watering to twice a week between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. CDT.

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Single-family residential customers with even street addresses can water on Sundays and Thursdays, and those with odd street addresses can do so on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

All other customers are allowed to water on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Water customers are also reminded to check and repair water leaks and sprinkler heads.

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The city said the voluntary efforts would help reduce water use by 5%.

According to FOX Weather, the National Weather Service shows Houston lagging behind its average monthly precipitation by nearly 4.3 inches.

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Temperatures in Space City have been at or above 95 degrees every day since June 7.

According to the US Drought Monitor, 80% of Texas experiences some level of drought.

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In addition, demand for electricity has reached a new all-time high.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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