KEMAH — Voluntary efforts to curb the demand for water in the Kemah and Clear Lake Shores area have failed, water district officials said Friday.

Customers in the Water Control Improvement District No. 12 are now under a mandatory outdoor watering ban.

The call for limited water use follows similar calls by La Marque and Galveston officials.

Bill Kerber, the city of Kemah’s emergency management coordinator and a member of the WCID No. 12 board, said outdoor watering is restricted to Mondays and Thursdays between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. That includes businesses as well as residents, Kerber said.

On Monday, the city of La Marque implemented mandatory Stage 2 restrictions.

Galveston implemented similar restrictions last week. Island residents east of 103rd Street may water their lawns only with hose-end or automatic sprinklers before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Residents west of 103rd Street are limited to the same hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

In La Marque, outdoor watering is limited for those using sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems to Sundays and Thursdays for residents with even numbered addresses and to Saturdays and Wednesdays for those with odd numbered addresses. Hours for watering are between midnight and 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.

Watering using a hand-held hose is still permitted under the La Marque restrictions.

Violators will get a warning the first time but face fines for further violations, city officials said.

The operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic purposes is also banned unless such ponds support aquatic life or are equipped with a recirculation system. There are also restrictions on when people can fill pools or wash their cars in La Marque.

Galveston County Water Control Improvement District No. 1 in the Dickinson area last week issued a voluntary restriction asking customers to water only between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The district hopes the measures will reduce water usage by 10 percent.

League City is under a voluntary water restriction plan, as are customers of Municipal Utility District No. 12, which serves the Bayou Vista and Omega Bay communities.

Most of the water restriction notices are related to the senior call made by the Gulf Coast Water Authority last week. Citing low levels in the Brazos River Watershed, the water authority placed a priority call on water rights. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is still considering that request, a spokesperson said.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

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