Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Morningside Improvements (8/30/11)

August 30, 2011

Dear Neighbor,

As you’ve no doubt seen, the City of Houston has begun work on improvements to Morningside. The planned improvements include sidewalks along the entire segment of Morningside from Bissonnet to Rice Blvd. and a complete mill and asphalt overlay of the roadway. In addition to these improvements, storm water drains and storm water lines will be upgraded while the work is being done. The pipes for these improvements have likely caught your eye and I wanted to take a moment to share this with you all.

Best,

Anne Clutterbuck

Attachment: Morningside Storm Water Upgrade Plan Sheet

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Council Member Clutterbuck Message About Water Conservation (8/15/11)

Our Council Member, Anne Clubberbuck, sent the following email today:

Greetings from Anne Clutterbuck and the District C Office!

As you are likely aware, the Houston area is in the midst of a historic drought. The water level in Lake Houston is so low that for only the third time in history, the City will tap Lake Conroe for water. As a result, the Mayor is implementing mandatory Stage Two Water Conservation Measures that require Houstonians to limit water use. The City itself is also curbing water use and has hired additional contractors to address the unprecedented rash of water main breaks throughout the City. If you see what you believe to be a water main break, please call 311 or my office to report the problem.

Below are excerpts from the Mayor's press release detailing guidelines for water use. Please contact my office should you have further questions.

Sincerely,

Houston City Council Member
District C

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Mayor Parker Orders Mandatory Water Conservation Measures

Due to persistent drought conditions and continuously decreasing water levels in Lake Houston, as of Monday, August 15, 2011, Mayor Annise Parker has mandated the implementation of the City of Houston Stage Two Water Conservation Measures in accordance with the procedures outlined in Chapter 47 in the Code of Ordinances.

During Stage Two of the conservation plan, customers are required to:

• Repair all detectable leaks within 72 hours of discovery

• Limit outdoor irrigation to the hours between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. on NO more than two days per week according to the following schedule:
o Sundays and Thursdays for customers with even-numbered street addresses
o Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with odd-numbered street addresses
Failure to follow requirements may result in fines.

The City itself will also take internal water conservation measures, such as:
• Suspension of any scheduled window washing

• Suspension of any scheduled power washing of buildings, sidewalks and parking areas

• Discontinue washing city vehicles or equipment except for health, safety or critical maintenance reasons

• Order an audit of all irrigation systems for leaks to ensure proper operation of timers and sprinkler heads
Ways to conserve water:
• Keep showers under five minutes

• Turn water off while brushing your teeth

• Wash only full loads of dishes or clothes

• Replace older model showerheads and faucet aerators with new low-flow models and install low water use toilets

• Inspect toilets for silent leaks by putting food coloring in the toilet tank. If colored water leaks into the toilet bowl before flushing, water is being lost due to a worn flapper

• Refrain from washing any vehicle or motorbike unless the dirt poses a driving hazard

• Refrain from washing down any sidewalk, walkway, driveway, parking lot or any other hard-surfaced area

• Refrain from filling, refilling or adding water to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool, spa or whirlpool
http://www.publicworks.houstontx.gov/utilities/conservation.html