The city of Katy announced Aug. 14 the area entered into Stage 3 of its drought contingency plan. Here’s what you need to know.

Current situation

A release from the city states extreme heat conditions and a lack of forecasted rain caused the city to enter Stage 3 of its drought contingency plan, or “severe” drought.

Going forward

In this stage of the drought plan, the city mandates residents and businesses to restrict water use. Landscape watering must be limited to two days per week depending on address and type of property from midnight to 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

In the city of Katy:
  • Residential addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) can water on Sundays and Thursdays.
  • Residential addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) can water on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
  • Homeowners associations and commercial properties can water on Tuesdays and Fridays.
No watering will take place on Mondays, which will act as water storage recovery days. According to a release from the city, violators of the mandatory watering schedule could be fined.

According to the city website, the mayor has the ability to set a goal for greater water use reduction depending on the circumstances.