SUGAR LAND -

The City of Sugar Land has issued voluntary water restrictions due to drought-like conditions.

Sugar Land officials say the city has implemented Stage 1 voluntary water restrictions.

The decision complies with a request from Governor Rick Perry to conserve water.

A recent proclamation from Perry stated that exceptional drought conditions throughout the state pose an imminent threat to water supplies.

Sugar Land officials warned the drought conditions in Fort Bend County could continue or worsen with the approaching summer months when water demand is traditionally high.

Sugar Land's Stage 1 water restrictions require voluntary conservation. Customers should limit irrigation to no more than two days a week and follow the city's voluntary irrigation zone schedule.

"While the city currently has plenty of water, reducing irrigation conserves water, helps us stay ahead of drought conditions and reduces the likelihood that the city will need to initiate Stage II mandatory water restrictions specified in our Drought Contingency Plan," said Director of Public Works Robert Valenzuela. "We are not prohibiting outdoor water use, just asking customers to use water sensibly."

Sugar Land's irrigation zone schedule is divided into three categories: residential, commercial/industrial and roadway. Each category assigns specific irrigation days based on location within the city. The residential schedules are either Wednesday and Sunday or Tuesday and Saturday.

Irrigation zone schedules and more water saving tips can be found online or by calling 281-275-2450.