Sugar Land entered into Stage 1 of its drought contingency plan in response to the drought disaster declaration by Gov. Greg Abbott for Fort Bend County.

This measure introduces voluntary water conservation strategies aimed at curbing water consumption.

The details

The surge in water demand, particularly during weekday mornings and early evenings due to escalated outdoor irrigation, was a main cause of the city’s action.

In a bid to alleviate pressure on the water supply during these high-demand periods, Sugar Land is urging its residents to adopt a suggested watering schedule based on the last digit of their home address.

The schedule is as follows:
  • For addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8: Watering days are Monday and Thursday.
  • For addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: Watering days are Tuesday and Friday.
  • For commercial customers and homeowner associations, watering is recommended on Wednesday and Saturday.
  • All water usage, whether residential or commercial, is advised to occur between midnight to 10 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight.
The city will monitor water usage and production to determine the need for advancing to Stage 2 of its drought contingency plan, a step designated for “severe water distress conditions.” Stage 2 would bring about mandatory watering restrictions, limiting irrigation to twice a week, according to the city website.

Quote of note

"We recognize that water conservation is a collective endeavor, requiring the involvement of every resident and customer. Through their active participation, we can reduce the probability of having to enforce Stage 2 mandatory water restrictions outlined in our drought contingency plan," Sugar Land Communications Director Doug Adolph said.

Get involved

To aid in the water conservation effort, the city provided the following tips:
  • Regularly inspect sprinkler heads, valves, and drip emitters, repairing any malfunctions promptly.
  • Limit unnecessary car washing by hand.
  • Use a broom to clean pavement; avoiding washing or rinsing it with water.
  • Use faucets only when essential.
  • Install water-efficient fixtures.
For further details regarding the voluntary irrigation schedule, visit