Houston, Texas is currently under a record drought as is most of the state. With over 46 days of no significant rain fall, the City of Houston has issued Stage 1 of the drought contingency plan for water conservation measures. (Click here to see full contingency outline)
How does this affect you and your home?
- Many are experiencing low water pressure at some points in the day.
- Watering lawns should be scheduled based on your area. The city is issuing citations/warnings for not following the conservation implementation so make sure to check your local guidelines or with your HOA for complete information.
- Pools will be lower than usual due to the immense heat evaporating water & the lack of water available within the local MUD reserves.
- Sub lawn levels will be hardened due to the dehydration of the soils leading to cracking of lawns and lack of water absorption when finally watered.
- Higher chances for grass fires. The triple digit temp trend has increased the chances for roadside fires and home lawn fires.
Here is what you can do…
- Make sure to follow the watering guide for the City of Houston Water Conservation Contingency plan (local guidelines or with your HOA for complete information)
- Aerate your lawn to help break up the hardened soil in your yard. This will help your yard better absorb water when rain does finally fall.
- DO NOT THROW CIGARETTES on the ground or out of your window. This will help prevent grass fires. Please dispose of them properly.
- Take showers between the hours of 3-5pm to help conserve water.
It’s been awhile for the city, however, prepping for the upcoming rains is necessary, especially after a record long drought. This drought has definitely topped the charts this season and with that comes extraordinarily dry grounds as most of the soils have compacted due to dehydration.
Good news, the City of Houston requires drainage grading for all new construction homes, which means the dryness should not effect your foundation as well as assisting in keeping water from flooding upwards and sending it flowing outwards.
After speaking with a few experts, the chances for flooding after a long drought are higher since the ground is compacted, lessening the absorption rate of the ground soils. A great way to combat this is to aerate your lawn and break up some of the hardened ground.
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