Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan

NHCRWA implements Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan

The City of Houston (COH), the primary source of water for the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (Authority), has entered stage two of their Drought Contingency Plan, effective on August 27, 2023. The COH’s drought response calls for mandatory water conservations efforts to reduce water use, that will reduce the daily volume of water delivered. The Houston Public Works Release can be found under .

As required by the Authority’s Drought Contingency Plan, the Authority must enter Stage 2 of our Drought Contingency Plan, when the COH enters into Stage 2 water shortage of their Drought Contingency Plan. The Authority’s Drought Contingency Plan requires that any customer receiving water from the Authority or well owner whose well is included under the Authority’s Harris-Galveston Subsidence District aggregate water well permit:

  • Repair detectible water leaks within 72 hours of discovery;
  • Utilize water conservation measures such as displacement bags, low-flow shower heads and leak detection tablets. Additional water conservation tips can be found at;
  • Limit outdoor irrigation to the hours 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day on no more than two (2) days per week, in conformity with the following schedule (no watering on Mondays):
    • Sundays and Thursdays for single-family residential customers with even-numbered street addresses
    • Saturdays and Wednesdays for single-family residential customers with odd-numbered street addresses; and
    • Tuesdays and Fridays for all other customers

Compliance with the above requirements is mandatory.

Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan2023-08-31T12:26:10-05:00

Harris County Transit Launches On-Demand Transportation

Harris County Transit has launched its inaugural on-demand service, Harris County Transit Plus, for residents living in Generation Park in precincts 1, 2 and 4.

This affordable service allows residents to schedule transportation from point A to point B, within two established zones, running along the Northeast quadrant of Beltway 8. The service provides a faster trip and enhanced passenger experience through areas of the county that are less densely developed.

The fare to ride is $1 for adults and $0.50 for children, seniors and those with disabilities. Cash, transfers from other buses and the METRO Q® Fare Card are acceptable forms of payment.

The North Zone runs along Beltway 8 between Highway 59 and the northeast portion of Beltway 8. The South Zone runs between the northeast portion of Beltway 8 to Wallisville Road. The transit zone also includes the area within three-quarters of a mile in either direction of these sections of Beltway 8.

The METRO Eastex Park and Ride is the northernmost anchor point and the Jim Fonteno Annex is the southernmost anchor point. A central transfer anchor point in Generation Park is where riders can transfer between zones. Additional anchor points can be found in each zone at the Walmart parking lots located at 9235 N. Sam Houston Parkway E and 5655 E. Sam Houston Parkway N.

Two 18-passenger buses will travel within these two zones every Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“Transit Plus is the result of the taking a closer look at the needs of residents and barriers to service that are unique to this section of Harris County. We have prescribed a system that works best for this area,” said Harris County Community Services Department Executive Director Dr. Adrienne M. Holloway. “We are innovating to meet the needs of residents who require flexible transit options and of businesses that require a mobile workforce.”

“Our survey revealed a transportation gap in the county’s Northeast corridor,” said Paul Weisser, assistant director of Transit Services for the Harris County Community Services Department. “Our goal is for Transit Plus to offer a great customer service experience for residents while allowing them to get where they need to be in a timely manner and at an affordable price.”

Residents make a reservation by phoning the transit call center to be picked up and dropped off at any flex stop within the designated zone(s). Reservations can be made up to three days in advance or as late as one hour before pick up. Residents without a reservation can catch a ride at one of the anchor point locations.

Transit Plus operates within the zoned areas and does not follow a traditional, fixed bus route, thereby allowing businesses and other service providers in the area to benefit from increased foot traffic. Reservations can also be made using a QR code.

Transit Plus also allows riders to transfer to existing Harris County, Texas, routes servicing Sheldon, Channelview, Cloverleaf, Crosby, The Highlands, Baytown and La Porte, as well as the METRO Eastex Park and Ride where METRO fares apply.

Harris County Transit conducted a survey of approximately 97,000 residents in five zip codes to determine the specifications for Transit Plus. Funding for this project, slated to run through February 2022, is approximately $285,000 and is provided by the Harris County Commissioners Court and the Federal Transit Administration.

Harris County Transit Launches On-Demand Transportation2022-11-07T20:01:55-06:00

Harris County Sheriff’s Office – SafeCam Program

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has started a new program called SafeCam:

SafeCam is one of the crime prevention and investigative tools that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) utilizes to demonstrate the effectiveness of partnerships between police and the community. Surveillance video recorded by cameras owned by residents and business owners like you have resulted in the arrests of numerous criminals. SafeCam is your opportunity to make the neighborhood in which you live and work a safer place for the entire community. If you have a private exterior security camera, you are eligible to participate and register your camera with SafeCam through the below link. By registering your camera, you are simply allowing the HCSO to contact you in the event of a crime in your area. HCSO will not have access to your camera system and cannot access camera footage without your consent. There is no requirement to provide footage at any time.

For more information on how to participate in the program, please click the link below:



Harris County Sheriff’s Office – SafeCam Program2022-08-10T13:52:45-05:00


​​Are You Ok? Senior Program

The RUOK? Program is a FREE service that establishes a prearranged time for participants to receive a regular phone call inquiring about their welfare. During the call participants are asked “Are You OK?” If they answer “yes” they may simply hang up and continue with their day. If a concern is expressed, the volunteer caller will determine the nature of the concern and if some sort of response is necessary. Unanswered calls or busy signals are called back. If there is still no response, the volunteer caller may request that an officer be dispatched to the location for a safety check.

To sign up, call (713) 274-2500 to speak with an RUOK Coordinator or fill out a form. Once this is done, you will begin receiving calls.

You can also visit: for more information.

Why Apply?

  • Applicants will receive a friendly and comforting call at least once a week by a trusted volunteer from the HCCO Precinct 3. Additional calls can be made upon request.
  • Every welfare check, whether by phone or personally by a HCCO Precinct 3 Deputy, gives peace of mind, not only to applicants, but to family members and friends living near or far.
  • Seniors can easily fall victim to crimes such as scams and frauds that can be prevented if detected in advance by one of the HCCO Precinct 3 volunteers or officers.
  • HCCO Precinct 3 will do their very best to act as a liaison if a senior expresses needs that the department cannot fulfill.
  • Seniors are always encouraged during every welfare call to contact HCCO Precinct 3 if they have a need or concern.

Crime Prevention Tips for Senior Citizens

Crime prevention is everybody’s business! It’s not just a job for law enforcement. Common-sense measures – like locking a door, joining a Neighborhood Watch, going to the bank with a friend – can help prevent crime. Many older men and women fear crime even though, statistically, their risk of being victimized is low. Seniors are more vulnerable to certain crimes – purse snatching, mugging, and fraud. But, you can reduce the opportunities for criminals to strike by being careful, alert and a good neighbor.

Here are some common sense tips you can use to stay safe:

When Driving:

  • Always lock your car doors. Never leave keys in the ignition when you leave the car, even for a few minutes.
  • When you drive, keep the doors locked and windows up. Park in well-lighted busy areas.
  • Don’t leave packages or other tempting articles in view in a locked car. Lock them in the trunk.
  • Never, never pick up hitchhikers.
  • If you have car problems, be especially wary of strangers who offer help. Stay in the car and ask them to call a service truck and law enforcement.

On the Bus or Taxi:

  • Use busy, well-lighted stops.
  • Don’t fall asleep. Stay alert!
  • Watch who gets on or off the bus or taxi with you. If you feel uneasy, walk directly to a place where there are other people.
  • When using the bus or other public transportation, sit near the driver if possible.

When You Are at Home:

  • Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you are inside.
  • Protect windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security devices.
  • Never let strangers in your home without checking their identification. Call their company if you are not sure. Install a viewer in your door and use it.
  • Use only your first initial in phone books, directories, and apartment lobbies. If you live alone, don’t advertise it.
  • Be sensible about keys. Don’t put an address tag on your key ring, and don’t hide and extra key under a doormat or flower pot.
  • Hang up immediately on harassing or obscene phone calls. If the caller persists, call law enforcement and the phone company.
  • Engrave your valuables with a unique identification number recommended by the Crime Prevention Unit.
  • Keep bonds, stock certificates, seldom worn jewelry, and stamp and coin collections in a safe deposit box.
  • For an extra measure of protection, don’t keep large amounts of cash at home.
  • Use Direct Deposit for Social Security or pension checks.
  • Keep emergency numbers for police and fire agencies handy.

Out and About:

  • Go with a friend whenever possible.
  • Stay alert and tuned into your surroundings. Don’t daydream.
  • Try to walk in a confident, relaxed manner. Make brief eye contact with approaching strangers.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.
  • Try carrying a small change purse with only the money or credit cards that you need, instead of a large handbag with straps. Keep your wallet in an inside jacket or front pants pocket.
  • Don’t burden yourself with packages.
  • Walk on well-lighted busy streets. Stay away from vacant lots, alleys, or construction sites.
  • Avoid dark deserted routes, even if they are the shortest.
  • Don’t flash cash and other tempting targets such as expensive jewelry.
  • Make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you expect to return.
  • Carry change for emergency telephone and transportation use.
  • If a friend or a taxi takes you home, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.
  • Have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle or home.

Prevent Con Games:

Con games and swindles are crimes over which people have total control. The keys to prevention are alertness to any offer involving money or property that “sounds too good to be true,” awareness about the most common con games, and cooperation with law enforcement.

If it does happen, report it. It’s embarrassing to be the victim of a con game. But, the only way to expose the con artist and prevent others from being hurt in the same way is to tell law enforcement.


  • Be suspicious of anyone who offers you a chance for quick and easy wealth.
  • Be wary of exaggerated claims for health and medical products, such as cures for cancer or arthritis, hair restorers, quick weight loss. Before buying any cure-alls, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or clinic.
  • Don’t give any details about your credit cards to phone solicitors even if they offer you gifts, a free vacation, or a sweepstakes prize.
  • Check out any “work-at-home” schemes with your local or state consumer protection agency.
  • Don’t give credit cards, checkbooks, or savings account passbooks to your housekeeper or caretaker. Don’t make an employee a joint owner of your bank account or your property.
  • Never make cash transactions in secret. Discuss any large transaction with your banker.

What to Do if You Are Assaulted

  • If the attacker is only after your purse of other valuables, don’t resist. Your life and safety are worth more than your possessions.
  • Make a conscious effort to get an accurate description of the attacker and call the Sheriff’s Department or police immediately.
  • Contact your local victim assistance agency to help you deal with the trauma that all crime victims experience. They can help you learn more about counseling, victim compensation laws and how to follow your case’s progress.
  • Start a crime prevention program in your neighborhood.
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