Conroe City Council approved amending its irrigation ordinance to implement restrictions from May 1-Oct. 31 at its June 13 meeting.

The overview

The goal of the ordinance, which passed with no opposition, is to reduce water consumption while managing the water requirements of Conroe’s projected growth, according to the ordinance document.

During non-drought conditions, there are no irrigation restrictions imposed from Nov. 1-April 30, according to the ordinance.

How it will work

From May 1-Oct. 31, landscape irrigation systems are limited to the hours between 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. of the next day.

  • Odd-numbered addresses may irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Even-numbered addresses may irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Residents may receive fines if they fail to comply, according to the ordinance.
  • The first violation in any 12-month period is a notice or warning.
  • The second violation in any 12-month period is $200.
  • The third violation in any 12-month period is $300.
  • Each subsequent violation is $500.
Quote of note

Council member Harry Hardman said during the regular meeting he understands the impact this will have on his constituents, but the new restrictions must be passed for the greater good of Conroe.

“I want to be clear that this is not about water conservation,” Hardman said. “Conservation is important, but the measures we're about to approve are in direct response to the grave water concerns that [City Engineer] Chris Bogert and [Public Works Director Norman] McGuire shared with us yesterday and indicated that they must be passed. It may not be felt at this moment due to the recent and ample rainfall we've received, but make no mistake that this ordinance is going to affect those that I represent. It pains me to have to vote for this item.”

Before you go

Bogert said next summer will be the hardest in regard to irrigation and the city’s water capacity, Community Impact previously reported.