Water and Waste Water

Water Wise and Conservation Tips

  • How can I tell if I have leaks in my home plumbing system?
    • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak
    • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If and color shows up in the bowl before you flush, you have a leak.
    • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.
  • How concerned should I be about a leaky toilet?
    • A leaky toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water a day. A common reason toilets leak is that the toilet flapper has become worn and no longer seals closed once the toilet has filled.
  • What outdoor activity uses the most water?
    • Almost 40% of total residential water consumption is from water used for landscape irrigation and swimming pools.
    • Water lawns during the early morning hours or evening when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.
    • Water your lawn only when it needs it. If you step on the grass and it springs back up when you move, it doesn't need water. If it stays flat, it does need water.
  • What indoor home activity uses the most water?
    • Inside the home, water use is fairly evenly distributed among appliances, but nearly 30% is flushed down the toilet. A typical household of four uses 400 gallons of water per day. Clothes washing generally accounts for about 25-30%, followed by showers around 20-25%, and faucet use (washing dishes, brushing teeth, etc) is approximately 20%.
  • How can I conserve water with my swimming pool?
    • If you have a pool, keep the water level a bit lower to minimize splashing, and use a cover if possible to slow evaporation. An average-sized pool can lose about 1,000 gallons of water per month if left uncovered.
  • How can I conserve water with my landscape irrigation?
    • If you water your grass and trees more heavily, but less often, this saves water while building stronger roots and making your lawn and landscaping more drought-tolerant. Agronomists recommended watering lawns so they receive 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week.
    • One of the easiest and most efficient ways to conserve water use for landscape irrigation is by replacing traditional sprinkler system controllers with a controller that has a rain sensor or a weather-based controller. You will save water (and money!) by not watering when it rains. 

Southside Place Public Works

The City of Southside Place Public Works Department is responsible for many aspects of the city, including maintenance and upkeep of city facilities, grounds, streets, sanitation and recycle collection, drinking water and sewer systems. 

Southside Place Water Works

The drinking water system supplies potable water as well as providing the same water for fire protection and suppression. The city employs groundwater operators specifically trained and licensed through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as required for potable water system operations. The water supplied to the city is a mixture of well water from a city-owned well and treated surface water purchased from the City of Houston. The water is mixed in the ground storage tanks prior to being pumped into the distribution system. This water and the distribution system, the systems that conveys the water to the customers, are monitored continuously to ensure that they meet all applicable federal and state standards for drinking water.

About the System

The drinking water system consists of pumping, storage, and distribution facilities. The pumping facilities include one (1) well and two (2) booster pumps. The storage consist of two (2) ground storage tanks and two (2) pressure tanks. The distribution system consists of approximately 4.5 miles of buried piping, 44 main valves, 35 fire hydrants, and 564 water meters. 

Southside Place Wastewater/Sewer System

The City of Southside Place wastewater system, or the sanitary sewer system collects all of the sewer from the residential and business areas. The sewer flows to pumping stations and then is pumped to and into the wastewater plant. The city employs wastewater operators specifically trained and licensed through Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) which regulates all facets of the sanitary sewer operations and maintenance. The sanitary sewer system includes a 0.3 million gallon per day treatment plant, 3 sanitary sewer pump stations and approximately 5 miles of sanitary sewer collection piping.


If you experience any problems with your drinking water or sewer or if you notice any problem with these around the city, please call the Public Works Department at 713-668-2341 to report any issues. Public Works employees will be dispatched to the location by public safety personnel.