HOUSTON -- The extreme heat that has gripped much of Texas has led to new worries about the water supply for Hedwig Village, Hunters Creek Village and Piney Point Village in the Memorial Villages.

The Villages set an all-time water use record despite repeated pleas for residents to conserve water.

During this time of year we would probably be somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,500 to 4,500 gallons a minute, said Michael Montgomery, general manager of the Memorial Villages Water Authority. Last night, we hit levels in excess of 13,000 gallons a minute.

Montgomery told KHOU11 News water supplies were approaching critical levels.

Every pump that we own is running so if there's a fire we don't have any other pumps to turn on to boost the pressure to assist the fire departments, Montgomery said.

Elsewhere in Houston, the heat continued to be a problem for firefighters.

In Southwest Houston, several firefighters started their 24-hour shift at a two-alarm fire around 7a.m. when the relative humidity made the temperature feel close to 90 degrees.

With this heat, you have to factor in the fact that your people are not going to be able to do what they can normally do, said Curtis Seaman, a district chief at the Houston Fire Department. If we have more fires [during their shift] they'll be three alarms, four alarms, to get more people because that's how you handle that.

The Memorial Villages Water Authority said it notified residents about the need to voluntarily conserve water for three months or face the prospect of mandatory water restrictions.

This is not an issue of the district having a citation and you paying a fine, Montgomery said. If you fail to comply with that then the board could shut your water off, not to your irrigation system, but to your house.

Montgomery said residents who live at even-numbered address should water their lawns between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.

Residents who live at odd-numberedaddress should water their lawns between4 a.m. and 7 a.m.

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