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Old 08-15-2011, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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"Mayor Annise Parker has ordered mandatory Stage 2 water conservation measures this afternoon for the city of Houston, according to reports from KTRK-TV and FOX26.

Customers are required to:

Repair all detectable leaks within 72 hours
Limit lawn watering to no more than 2 days per week between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m., by tthis schedule:
Sundays and Thursdays for customers with even-numbered street addresses
Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with odd-numbered street addresses"

Two days a week seems pretty harsh but honestly I'm surprised it's taken them this long. This is really going to make everything look like Saudi Arabia brown if we don't get any rain...not to mention the landscaping companies and suppliers that are drying up like yesterday's weeds.
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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What about vegetable gardens and such (fruit trees, etc..) ? Are we allowed to water these twice a week only ? I can understand about grass but vegetables and such needs daily watering.
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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Here is the pdf with details on water restrictions:

http://dwsm.publicworks.houstontx.go...0Shortages.pdf

Specifically Sec. 47-243.b.2 states this as an affirmative defense:

Applied to plants by use of a bucket, watering can, hand held hose (with or without a nozzle), or
other method in which the actor directly and by use of hands continuously controlled the
application of the water.

It says that this applies to "Sec. 47-253. - Stage three water shortage" which doesn't make any sense since stage 3 is just stage 2 with aesthetic water prohibited as well. Can anyone figure out if this means I can water my yard by hand outside of the restrictions?
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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Two days a week seems pretty harsh but honestly I'm surprised it's taken them this long. This is really going to make everything look like Saudi Arabia brown if we don't get any rain...not to mention the landscaping companies and suppliers that are drying up like yesterday's weeds.
Two days a week isn't harsh at all. In fact, I would say that unless you have a vegetable garden/potted plant/brand new plant taking root, and you are watering any plant/grass more often than twice a week, you are overwatering.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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What does that mean to foundation watering? Guess I'll be soaking the ground extra on Saturdays and wednesdays?
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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What about vegetable gardens and such (fruit trees, etc..) ? Are we allowed to water these twice a week only ? I can understand about grass but vegetables and such needs daily watering.
There's no restriction against filling a watering container full of bottled water from the grocery store (for example those big jugs of water). It's already been paid for, it's not part of the Houston water supply, and the quality might be better than out of the hose anyway.

Go for it! Use that water on days when you can't use the water from the city / ground.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I turned my faucet off while brushing my teeth. 5 min shower is tough, especially w a shave included.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Another Idea that is good to use: If anyone in the house like baths, the bath water can be used on flowers and veggies. Basic soap will not hurt the plants, in fact it helps with bugs. It almost justifies the bath use, especially if you have younger children.

I've been using the dog bath water from the wash pit to go on what's left of the veggies and herbs.

It can be awkward if you don't have a door directly out of the bathroom to the outside though.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Where nothing ever grows. No rain or rivers flow, Texas
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or you can bathe with family/dog using the sprinklers. I suggest using a herbal shampoo on the veggie area
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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We have another water line broke in my neighborhood with water pouring out like crazy since this weekend. I've been watching people bring buckets to catch the water and then water their yard.
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