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City of Katy Enters Stage Three Severe Drought Conditions


(KATY) - The City of Katy has reached an unprecedented level of water demand to such a degree that the City of Katy is now at Stage 3 Severe Drought Conditions and mandatory restrictions for water usage are effective immediately based on the City’s Drought Contingency Plan.

In addition to preserving the city’s water resources, Mayor William H. “Dusty” Thiele has taken into consideration the integrity of the city’s wells, which have been running continually over the last several months battling the extreme heat and lack of rain.


“The decision to enter Stage 3 will help to preserve and protect our wells and give them a much‐needed opportunity to recover,” city officials said.


The City Engineer has advised city leaders that a trigger in the City’s Drought Contingency Plan to move to Stage 3 has been met: Total daily water demand equals or exceeds 85 percent of total well pumpage for three consecutive days. Stage 3 is mandatory, and violations may result in enforcement action which may include a written warning, a citation, and/or disconnection of water service‐ subject to appeal.


In addition to Stage 1 and Stage 2 guidelines the following restrictions are in effect:


Mandatory Restrictions for Residents/Businesses:


Limit landscape watering to the “Twice Per Week Water Schedule” Foundations and new plantings (first‐year trees and shrubs) may be watered for up to two hours on any day by a hand‐held hose or a soaker hose without restrictions.


TWO DAYS PER WEEK WATERING SCHEDULE (12 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.)


  • Last Digit of Address Allowed Landscape Watering Days

  • Even Number (0,2,4,6,8) Sunday and Thursday

  • Odd Number (1,3,5,7,9) Saturday and Wednesday

  • Commercial, HOA, Greenspace, Right‐of‐Way Tuesday and Friday

  • Monday‐ No Watering (Storage Recovery Days)


  • No hosing of paved areas, buildings, windows, and any hard‐surfaced areas

  • No operation of ornamental fountains

  • No washing or rinsing of vehicles by hose

  • No using water in such a manner as to allow runoff or other waste

  • No new establishment of landscaping

  • No draining and filling of existing pools and filling of new pools


To report violations of this mandatory restriction, visit www.cityofkaty.com/waterviolation to submit a Watering Violation Report or contact Public Works via email droughtviolations@cityofkaty.com or by phone at 281‐391‐4820.


“We ask our citizens, businesses, and HOAs to continue to use their best efforts to reduce water usage and follow the Stage 3 restrictions/guidelines,” officials said. “Being the great community that we are, let our spirit of community unite us in true Katy fashion to conserve our water resources. Together, we can do so much, alone we can do so little.”


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