LEAGUE CITY — Today is not a good day to use water outdoors — the city is under severe water restrictions as crews work on the line that provides the bulk of the city’s fresh water.
Under Stage 3 water restrictions, no one in the city is to do any outdoor watering at any point. The restrictions started at midnight and will be lifted at midnight Wednesday.
Unless you have some form of water-reuse system, the restrictions prohibit irrigation of landscaped areas, washing any motor vehicle, motorcycle, 4-wheeler, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle.
You can’t use water to wash down any sidewalk, walkway, driveway, parking lot, tennis court or other hard surface area or to flush gutters. And unless your house or business is on fire, you can’t use water to wash down any building.
Water use indoors should also be limited to “essential use,” city officials said. The city started warning residents of the restrictions last week.
The same restrictions will be in place June 24.
Those who violate the restrictions face fines of up to $500 for each violation, plus court costs.
The restrictions are needed as work crews install valves on a 42-inch water line that delivers most of the city’s water from a the League City water pumping station in Webster, Assistant City Manager John Baumgartner said. That station gets water from the city of Houston.
League City is updating that station to improve water pressure, mainly in the city’s east side, Baumgartner said. Work on the station should be done by the end of July, he said.
That facility accounts for 16.5 million to 17 million gallons of water each day. By comparison, the city’s west side pump station provides about 5 million gallons a day, and the Gulf Coast Water Authority line supplies about 2 million gallons to the city.
Baumgartner said the city has about 7 million to 8 million gallons of water in underground storage and another 4 million gallons in elevated tanks.
“For a one-day restriction, that should be enough water,” Baumgartner said. “But it’s going to be a hot, sticky June day when we would usually see water (usage) go up.”