HOUSTON -

Mandatory water conservation measures in the city of Houston have been lifted.

City officials said recent rains and cooler temperatures have increased lake levels in the city's three drinking water reservoirs.

Pre-drought water reservoir levels have not been reached, but the level required for mandatory conservation has been exceeded.

City officials said that the mandatory measures will likely be reinstated later in the year as the drought continues.

Residents were asked to voluntarily conserve water. The city offered the following conservation tips:

  • Keep showers under five minutes. Water saved: 2 to 5 gallons per minute

  • Remember to 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.