HOUSTON — Mayor Annise Parker says Houston may enact mandatory water restrictions as early as next week because of the drought.
Parker said Wednesday that the city is "coming closer and closer to a Stage 2 water conservation, which is mandatory."
That would require residents to water their lawns no more than twice a week, ban car washing and impose other restrictions, including forcing homeowners to repair water leaks on their property within 72 hours.
Parker told the Houston Chronicle that those who violate the restrictions would be fined, though she did
not elaborate on the amount.
Parker said Houston implemented voluntary restrictions on water usage, which it calls Stage 1, back in June, to maintain needed water pressure in city lines.