Water Conservation

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Stage 1 Water Restriction

Moderate Water Shortage Conditions


GOAL

Achieve a fifteen percent (15%) reduction in daily water demand. 

Supply Management Measures

The City of Mont Belvieu will reduce water demand by discontinuing the flushing of water mains and reducing irrigation of public landscaped areas. 

Water Use Restrictions: 

The following water use restrictions shall apply to all persons as a voluntary program: 

Irrigation

  • If your house address ends in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8)
    • Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems shall be limited to Sundays and Thursdays between the hours of 12:00 midnight until 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.
  • If your house address ends in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9)
    • Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems shall be limited to Saturdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 12:00 midnight until 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.

Vehicle Washing

  • Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.

Pools

  • Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, Jacuzzi type pools is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.

Fountains

  • Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculation system.

THE FOLLOWING USES OF WATER ARE DEFINED AS NON-ESSENTIAL AND ARE PROHIBITED: 

  • Wash down of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas; 
  • Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection; 
  • Use of water for dust control; 
  • Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street;

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Use of water from hydrants shall be limited to fire-fighting, related activities, or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare.
  • Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems shall be limited to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8), and Saturdays and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9), and irrigation of landscaped areas is further limited to the hours of 12:00 midnight until 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight on designated watering days. However, irrigation of landscaped areas is permitted at any time if it is by means of a hand-held hose, a faucet-filled bucket or a watering can of five (5) gallons or less, or a drip irrigation system. 
  • Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicle is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. Such washing, when allowed, shall be done with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rises. Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash or commercial service station. Further, such washing may be exempted from these regulations if the health, safety, and welfare of the public is contingent upon frequent vehicle cleansing, such as garbage trucks and vehicles used to transport food and perishables. 
  • Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, Jacuzzi type pools is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.
  • Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculation system.
  • Use of water from hydrants shall be limited to fire-fighting, related activities, or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare, except that use of water from designated fire hydrants for construction purposes may be allowed under a special permit from the City of Mont Belvieu.
  • Use of water for the irrigation of golf course greens, tees, and fairways is prohibited except on designated watering days between the hours 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. However, if the golf course utilizes a water source other than that provided by the City of Mont Belvieu, the facility shall not be subject to these regulations. 
  • All restaurants are prohibited from serving water to patrons except upon request of the patron.

Indoor Conservation Tips

In the kitchen

  • Fill up your dishwasher before running a cleaning cycle.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Put a plug in the sink when running water to wash fruits and veggies or for rinsing dishes.
  • Avoid using running water to defrost frozen food. Allow it to defrost overnight in the refrigerator or use your microwave to defrost food straight from the freezer.
  • Check that all taps are turned off properly.
  • Keep a water jug or bottle in your fridge instead of running the tap cold to get a cool drink of water.
  • Use a pressure cooker, microwave, or steamer to save water. Simmer rather than boil your food and use tight lids to prevent evaporation.
  • Water used to cook boiled food can be re-used in soups or casseroles – or let it cool down and use it to water your garden.
  • Your plants will appreciate food scraps added to the compost heap! A lot of water is wasted running a waste disposal unit.

In the bathroom

  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Have showers instead of baths and keep your shower short.
  • Don’t use the toilet to flush items such as tissues or anything else that should go in the trash can.
  • Check your toilet for leaks.

In the laundry

  • Make sure you do a full load or use the water filling guide depending on the amount of washing.
  • Front-load washing machines use 50% less water than top loaders

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Outdoor Conservation Tips

In the garden

  • Collect water in drums or tanks from roof runoff.
  • Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning.
  • Don’t water on windy days: much of the water will evaporate and/or go where you don’t need it.
  • Check the forecast - if there's rain ahead, let it water for you.
  • Check your garden hose and taps regularly for leaks and use a trigger nozzle on the hose to reduce water loss.
  • Use recycled water (also known as grey water) that you have collected in your home to water your garden.
  • Use a trigger hose to water the garden, not a sprinkler, to control where and how much water is used. Also, aim for the roots, not the leaves.
  • Plant drought-resistant species in your garden. Native plants require less water than exotic plants.

The lawns

  • Do not worry about the lawn drying out over the summer as it will rejuvenate naturally with cooler and wetter weather.
  • Do not water your lawn on windy days.
  • Wash your car on the lawn so your lawn gets watered too.
  • Don’t cut the lawns too short. Lawns with more grass blades will hold water and require less irrigation.

The outdoors

  • Don't hose the dirt off your driveway, use a broom instead.
  • Use a bucket to wash the house or windows.
  • Make sure you check for leaks consistently and repair them if necessary.