Summary: University of Houston Addresses Watering Challenges in Midst of Drought
With Texas in the midst of an historic drought and Houstonians facing residential water
restrictions, the University of Houston also is addressing serious watering challenges.
The university is still watering, but doing so strategically and in accordance with stage 2
water conservation measures.
According to UH Landscape Planning and Grounds Manager Roger Warner, the
university is engaged in the delicate balancing act between keeping the campus healthy
for returning students, and being good environmental citizens. Facilities Management is
tasked with maintaining the campus' 667-acres of landscaped property.
The automatically controlled irrigation system, which operate 95 percent of the campus
sprinklers, is in the process of being adjusted to a Wednesday-Saturday, Thursday-
Sunday schedule. The 11 watering zones on campus that represent the remaining 5
percent of sprinklers must be manually operated. The responsibility of hand-
controlledirrigation has been moved to the early shift so that it takes place during the
"You will see us watering, but we are doing so mindful of the current drought and with a
specific strategy in place," said Warner.
Other water-related priorities include immediately addressing irrigation leaks within 48
hours. The dry ground is taking a toll on the university's landscaping infrastructure,
keeping grounds and maintenance personnel busy with repairs.