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West University Place enters Drought Contingency Phase 2 and imposes water usage restrictions

HOUSTON, Texas — The city of West University Place entered Phase 2 of its drought emergency plan on June 23, prompting citizens to voluntarily limit water use.

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As part of the city plan, recommendations for Stage 2 include limiting outdoor irrigation; pouring between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.; refraining from filling outdoor pools and tubs; and checking for leaks in kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor units.

The city of Houston, which supplies water to West University Place, has called for similar restrictions such as rising heat levels coupled with extreme drought conditions.

Drought stages are determined using a formula that takes into account water capacity and water consumption. According to the city’s plan, a safe level of capacity is one that “allows the largest pump or well to be out of service and the system maintains sufficient reserves for adequate fire protection.”

On the supply side, Stage 2 is triggered in connection with the City of Houston enacting its own voluntary water restrictions. On the demand side, according to the city’s plan, it can be triggered when the total daily demand exceeds 65% of the safe pumping capacity for three consecutive days.

Should the city enter Phase 3 of its plan, mandatory conservation measures will be introduced, with repeat offenders being fined up to $500 per incident per day.

This comes from our ABC13 partner, Community Impact Newspaper.

https://abc13.com/drought-contingency-plan-west-university-place-water-conservation-rising-heat-levels/11991256/ West University Place enters Drought Contingency Phase 2 and imposes water usage restrictions

Dais Johnston

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