League City's major water transmission line, which carries 90 percent of the city's surface supply, has sprung a major leak.
The leak prompted officials to declare a water emergency.
As of Friday morning, work crews said they hoped to have the leak fixed in 24 to 36 hours. A 25 foot pipe was lowered into the ground to replace an aging pipe that caused the problem.
The leak sprung near Calder and Link roads on Thursday, according to the city. Workers are busy collecting parts and materials to fix the problem.
Residents are now under an emergency water rationing order in line with "Stage 3" of the city's drought contingency plan. That's the most stringent stage and requires residents to do the following:
-- Irrigation of landscaped areas is absolutely prohibited.
-- Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorcycle, 4-wheeler, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle is absolutely prohibited.
-- Use of water to wash down any sidewalk, walkway, driveway, parking lot, tennis court, or other hard surface area is absolutely prohibited.
-- Flushing of gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street is absolutely prohibited.
-- Washing down any building or structure for purposes other than immediate fire protection is absolutely prohibited.
-- Use of water to fill, refill or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi-type pools or water-slides is prohibited.
-- Use of water in a fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited, except when necessary to support aquatic life.
-- The plan also mandates that water customers repair controllable leaks within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak; further, use of water from hydrants for construction purposes or any other purpose other than fire fighting is also prohibited.
If you fail any of these, expect tickets and fines as a result. It's not known when repairs will be completed.