Harris County lifts watering ban

An outdoor watering ban for customers of the Harris County Water System was lifted today.

The ban was imposed recently after the water system began experiencing dangerously low levels of water that put customers at risk of being out of water.

But watering continues to be prohibited on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Odd-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays and Thursdays from midnight to 10 a.m. Even-numbered addresses can water on Mondays and Wednesdays from midnight to 10 a.m.

The ban "was a drastic move, but with drastic consequences if it had not been done," the department stated in a news release. "It was a choice between having water for residential use or risking the chance of running out of water."

Officials stated they are aware of the issue of water and are working to invest time and money needed to resolve the system's problems. "We recognize that our citizens have invested large amounts of money in landscaping and other outdoor interests," the statement said. "With the citizens' help and wise use of water, we will not have to again institute outdoor watering bans."