Understanding Drought Conditions in Houston

Like many regions, Houston is not immune to the challenges of drought. As water levels dwindle and conservation becomes paramount, residents play a crucial role in preserving this precious resource. Let’s delve into the levels of drought and explore practical water conservation tips.

Understanding Drought Levels in Greenwood Utility District

Houston experiences a range of drought conditions, categorized from mild to extreme, based on factors like precipitation, soil moisture, and reservoir levels. These levels are crucial indicators that influence water management strategies and conservation efforts across the city and our district.

  1. Stage 1 – MILD Water Shortage Conditions: During this stage, water levels are below average, and there may be early signs of stress on vegetation. Residents are encouraged to start practicing water-saving habits voluntarily to mitigate the impact of the drought.
  2. Stage 2 – MODERATE Water Shortage Conditions: Water deficits become more pronounced at this level. Water restrictions may be imposed for non-essential uses, requiring residents to conserve water and adhere to usage guidelines diligently. These include specific days you can water your lawn, use water to wash a motor vehicle, and use water in swimming pools.
  3. Stage 3 – SEVERE Water Shortage Conditions: This stage signifies a significant water shortage with widespread impacts on water supplies. Strict water conservation measures are enforced, requiring residents to limit non-essential water use and prioritize essential needs. These restrictions include all restrictions for a moderate shortage and additional restrictions on watering lawns.
  4. Stage 4 – EXTREME Water Shortage Conditions: Customers are required to comply with requirements and restrictions based on emergency conditions, including major water line breaks, pump or system failures, or natural or man-made contamination of the water supply. Watering lawns and using water to wash motor vehicles is prohibited in this phase.

You can review more information about the district’s emergency communication plan and the requirements residents must comply with for each stage of drought here. You can also read more about water conservation tips here.

How to Monitor Drought Conditions

Given the importance of water conservation during droughts, here are ways you can monitor the conditions in our district:

  1. The most up-to-date drought information is on our website. Be sure to sign up for district alerts via email and text messaging.
  2. Other types of communication with the public depend on the drought stage. Examples are publications in newspapers, direct mail to each customer, public service announcements, signs posted in public places, take-home fliers at schools, and any other method deemed appropriate by the district.
  3. For a more regional or state-wide overview, you can also find drought condition information on websites like Drought.gov and WaterDataForTexas.org.

A Collective Effort for Sustainable Water Management

In times of drought, every drop saved makes a difference. Houston residents play a vital role in conserving water and ensuring its availability for essential needs, environmental preservation, and future generations. By embracing water-saving habits, staying informed, and advocating for responsible water usage, we can navigate drought challenges effectively and contribute to a more sustainable water future for Houston.