THE ODD/EVEN DEFINED IRRIGATION SCHEDULE IS STILL IN FORCE!
Residents are urged to take seriously the new Odd/Even Defined Irrigation Plan in force in The Woodlands. The plan, which regulates watering to two nights per week, is designed to help forestall a pending water crisis in the township and elsewhere in Montgomery County.
Beginning June 1, inspectors with cameras will be patrolling neighborhoods and issuing notices to those who are in violation of the schedule. Time and date stamped photos will be taken to confirm the violation. Ideally, if the resident is at home, the notice will be given to them. If not, a notice will be hung on their front door, along with information about best practices for lawn care.
After an initial warning notice, subsequent violations may incur a surcharge which will be added to the water bills of residents (commercial and residential). The charges are $50 for the second notice, $100 for the third notice and $200 for the fourth and every subsequent notice.
The odd/even program, which began in January, 2013, requires that all addresses with in-ground irrigation systems in The Woodlands adhere to the program which allows two-nights-a-week watering between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on specified days. Odd addresses (those ending in 1,3,5,7,9) are allowed to water from 8 p.m. Tuesdays to 6 a.m. Wednesdays and from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Even addresses (0,2,4,6,8) may water from 8 p.m. Wednesdays to 6 a.m. Thursdays and from 8 p.m. Saturdays to 6 a.m. Sundays.
The requirements do not only apply to residences. Businesses, churches, public facilities and all other properties are all included in the program.
The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency, in special cases, may grant variances of this policy to someone demonstrating significant hardship or need. The decision of the board will be final.
The Defined Irrigation Schedule does not apply to residents of Creekside Park Village or May Valley.
*The Village of Creekside Forest and May Valley are not included in the Schedule.