Why has Sugar Land initiated Stage 1 Drought?

The City's Drought Contingency Plan Stages are triggered when there is a drought proclamation, total daily water demand exceeds specified thresholds, or when water supplies or treatment capacity become reduced. On August 22, Governor Abbott issued a declaration of drought disaster for Fort Bend County. With the proclamation of drought and increased water demand primarily attributed to outdoor water irrigation, the City has initiated Stage 1 Drought. 

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1. Why has Sugar Land initiated Stage 1 Drought?
2. Are watering restrictions mandatory?
3. I don't have an irrigation system or a hose-end sprinkler. Am I allowed to hand-water my landscaping?
4. What is a Drought Contingency Plan?
5. How long will the City be in Stage 1?
6. When do watering restrictions become mandatory?