MUD 186’s water supplier, WHCRWA, as well as the City of Houston, have entered Stage 1 of their Drought Contingency Plans. As a result, MUD 186 is entering into Stage 1 of our Drought Contingency Plan. In Stage 1 we request that our Users voluntarily reduce water usage to achieve a 20% reduction in daily water demand utilizing the following steps:
- Check for and repair all leaks, dripping faucets and running toilets.
- Check for and correct excessive irrigation or uncorrected leaks that result in water leaving the User’s property by drainage onto adjacent properties or public or private roadways or streets or gutters.
- All outdoor water use shall be prohibited between the hours of 4a.m. and 8a.m., and between the hours of 8p.m. and 12a.m. (midnight) limited to the following schedule:
- District residents and other users of water within the District with even-numbered street addresses may use water outdoors on even-numbered days.
- District residents and other users of water within the District with odd-numbered street addresses may use water outdoors on odd-numbered days.
- In the event no address exists, users may use water on even-numbered days.
- Check schedules on automatic irrigation controllers, consider using the “cycle and soak” method. This method breaks up watering time into smaller cycles, allowing the water to soak into the soil. To use this method, divide the current watering time for each irrigation zone in half, then select two start times that are 2 hours apart.
Ex. If you currently water for 10 minutes at 4am. Consider Watering 5 minutes at 2a.m. and 5 minutes at 4a.m.
All HCMUD 186 customers have smart meters and are able to access their water usage data online. Once registered for an online account, customers can view usage and receive leak alerts. With this feature, if water is flowing continuously for 24 hours at a customer specified rate, say 10 gallons per hour, the customer is notified by a text and/or email that their household has a leak. Once a 24-hour period goes by with water flow less than the specified value, an alert is sent that the leak has stopped. After an online account is set up, a smart phone app will be available to access data from your phone. Here are sign-up instructions: