Water is a hot topic in the county this year with the level of Lake Conroe dropping every day. The City of Montgomery does not use water from Lake Conroe, but utilizes two wells in the Jasper Aquifer approximately 800 feet below ground. We have checked our water levels and have sufficient water to serve the community.
Montgomery has a Drought Contingency Plan that has been in place for years. The plan has various stages of water conservation and restrictions that are automatically initiated by water use. For example when the water system reaches 75% of capacity, Stage I - Voluntary Water Restrictions is automatically initiated. Currently, Montgomery is pumping at about 45% of capacity and has not reached the automatic restrictions. However, the City Council has directed staff to initiate Stage I - Voluntary Water Restrictions to conserve water and reduce pumping on the Jasper Aquifer.
Therefore, we ask that residents voluntarily limit irrigation to the hours of 8pm to 10am daily. Also, the City will not be using water to flush water lines during this time. Our goal is to achieve a 5% reduction in water use. Montgomery is also aggressively pursuing water leaks and other water losses to conserve its limited resource. Please report any water leaks or incidents of tampering with fire hydrants to the City.
Finally, Montgomery is closely following developments in the evaluation of the Catahoula aquifer. This is an aquifer that has not been utilized for water in the past and may become an important new water source for the City. Already, we are in a joint groundwater reduction program with April Sound who has just drilled a well into the Catahoula. Montgomery is also investigating the utilization of the Catahoula to provide a reliable water source for the future while complying with the requirements of Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District to reduce pumpage in the Jasper Aquifer.