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The duration of watering restrictions will depend on the severity of the drought and the availability of water resources. The City closely monitors water levels and weather patterns to determine when it's safe to lift or adjust the restrictions.
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Yes, the City of Tomball, like much of the area and state is currently experiencing a prolonged period of hot, dry conditions which has led to a drought. The City of Tomball’s drought condition is implemented based on the City’s Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan, which is required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Tomball’s drought stages are as follows:
Stage 1 Mild Drought Condition
Water consumption exceeds 60% of production capacity for three consecutive days
Stage 2 Moderate Drought Condition
Water consumption exceeds 70% of production capacity for three consecutive days
Stage 3 Severe Drought Condition
Water consumption exceeds 80% of production capacity for three consecutive days
Stage 4 Critical Drought Condition
Water consumption exceeds 90% of production capacity for three consecutive days
Stage 5 Emergency Water Condition
Water consumption exceeds 95% of production capacity for three consecutive days; System outages; Contamination of water supply
As of August 8, the City has entered a Stage 2: Moderate Drought Condition.
Yes, the City of Tomball has implemented watering restrictions to conserve and manage our limited water resources effectively in accordance with the City’s adopted Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan. These restrictions aim to reduce water usage and ensure that there is enough water available for essential needs and maintaining the health of our environment.
The watering restrictions for Stage 2 are as follows:
If your address ends in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9), you may water on Wednesdays. If your address ends in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) you may water on Thursdays. Regardless of which is your assigned day, watering with irrigation systems or hose-end sprinklers is prohibited between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 p.m., but residents may water with a bucket or watering can at any time.
Certain exceptions may be granted if water is required for health and safety reasons or other conditions. If you believe you qualify for an exception, please contact our Public Works department to inquire about the process.
Yes, you can still hand-water your garden or plants using a bucket or watering can outside of the restricted hours.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office has a great tool for residents looking for guidance on lawn watering called the “Water My Yard” Program. Through this tool, residents can determine how much water their yard needs per week and receive weekly water recommendations. We encourage residents to use this free tool available through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at https://watermyyard.org/#/Location.
In addition, to maintain your lawn's health, consider the following tips:
Any person who violates this Plan or the associated watering restrictions is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of up to $2,000. Each day that one or more of the provisions is violated shall constitute a separate offense. If a person is convicted of three or more distinct violations of these sections, the Mayor shall, upon due notice to the customer, be authorized to discontinue water service to the premises where such violations occur. Services discontinued under such circumstances shall be restored only upon payment of a reconnection charge and any other costs incurred by the City in discontinuing service. In addition, suitable assurance must be given to the City that the same action shall not be repeated while the Drought Contingency Plan is in effect. Compliance with this Plan may also be sought through injunctive relief in the district court.
We will provide updates through our official city website (tomballtx.gov), social media channels, and local news outlets. For additional questions or clarifications, please contact our Public Works Department at (281) 290-1450 or refer to our official website at https://tomballtx.gov/709/Drought-Status. Thank you for your cooperation in conserving water during this drought.