Water levels in three of the city's reservoirs have been reduced due to the hot, dry weather, and the city is asking residents to conserve water.
The city said they have experienced higher than normal water use, which has reduced reservoir water levels, which are stored for community use and fire protection.
The city said it has already discontinued its non-essential activities involving water use, such as street sweeping, washing city vehicles, filling pools, hydrant flushing and firefighter training, to limit the draw on reservoirs.
The Woodlands Water Play Park will open as scheduled tomorrow, May 20, as it operates on a recirculating water system and no additional water usage is needed to keep the park in operation.
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Splash pad opening delayed
As a result of the lowered water levels, the Versailles Park Splash Pad will not open on May 20 as previously announced, as that facility operates on a non-recirculating water system. The city said it will continue to monitor water levels in the reservoirs closely and will provide an update on when the splash pad at Versailles Park can open for the season.
Residents are asked to help the city conserve water by:
- Use water from rain barrels until they are empty, before using municipal water for outdoor watering.
- Reduce water use during peak demand periods: 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
- Turn the water off while brushing your teeth; run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full; and delay filling Jacuzzis, hot tubs or swimming pools.
- Water your lawn, garden, plants, shrubs and trees during the coolest part of the day (early morning or late evening).
- Use a watering can or hose with a shut-off nozzle to water only where needed.
- Ensure sprinklers are positioned so they don't water driveways, sidewalks or streets.
- If you have a sprinkler timer, the best time to water your lawn is between 3 and 6 a.m.
- Clean your sidewalks and driveways with a broom or brush, rather than a hose.
- Limit washing vehicles and house exteriors during hot water.