Tomball is under Stage 1 drought restrictions following a mechanical issue at one of the city’s primary water wells, according to a March 23 news release.

“One of the city’s primary wells was down for scheduled repairs earlier this week,” Assistant City Manager Jessica Rogers said via email. “When the well was being put back in service on [March 21], we identified a potential issue with the pump that needed to be explored further.”

Rogers said an inspection of the well showed minor damage to the well’s pump, which is being repaired March 23.

“We currently estimate the costs of the repair and the costs to get the well back in service will be under $50,000 and will not have an impact on the budget,” Rogers said.

Stage 1 drought restrictions are enacted when the total daily demand for water exceeds 60% of the city’s production capacity, according to the city’s website.

Residents and businesses are being asked to delay watering of lawns and gardens, switch sprinkler systems from automatic to manual, turn off automatic pool fill systems or delay filling swimming pools, and run full loads of dishwashers and washing machines, according to the news release.

The Stage 1 drought restrictions are in place until March 28, according to the news release.

Rogers said the well is anticipated to be back in service by next week.

“At this time, we do not anticipate extending the voluntary conservation notice,” Rogers said. “However, we will provide additional information if conditions change.”