FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City of Port Arthur Has Moved to Voluntary Water Restrictions
Contact: Calvin Matthews, Water Utilities Director
409-983-8180 | Director of Water Utilities
The City is facing severe water shortages due to the failure of our aged pipes brought on by the ongoing lack of rain. The city requests that all customers conserve water and minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes.
Customers are requested to irrigate with a handheld hose, a faucet-filled bucket or watering can of five (5) gallons or less, or a drip irrigation system at any time, but to limit irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems, limit washing any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane, or other vehicles, and discontinue filling, refilling, or adding to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, or jacuzzi-type pools to the following designated days:
Sundays and Thursdays
for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8)
Saturdays and Wednesdays
for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9)
Only irrigate landscapes between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to midnight on designated watering days.
Check faucets, toilets, and irrigation systems for leaks and repair any you find. Even a slow drip can use several gallons a day.
Be conservative showering and bathing. Take shorter showers. If you must use the bathtub, only fill it half full.
Don't leave water running while you're brushing your teeth or shaving. Every little bit helps.
Only run the dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load. You can also select a lower or shorter cycle or save water by rinsing dishes beforehand.
Consider replacing old toilets or showerheads. Dual flush models use less water, as do low-flow shower heads.
Sweep it up. Clean your driveway and exterior areas with a broom instead of a hose.