HOUSTON — Mayor Annise Parker has ordered mandatory water restrictions for Houston because of the drought.
Parker said Monday the city has implemented Stage 2 water conservation methods because of decreasing levels in Lake Houston, which helps provide the city's water supply.
The restrictions will mean residents can water their lawns no more than twice a week and homeowners would have to repair water leaks on their property within 72 hours.
Parker said residents will at first be warned of any violations.
But she says repeat offenders will be fined.
The city will also take various steps to help conserve water, including discontinuing the washing of city vehicles or equipment except for health or safety reasons.
Houston implemented voluntary restrictions on water usage, which it calls Stage 1, in June.