Despite rain, drought conditions still impact water supply


Despite Thursday’s rain, it’s still not enough to drown out the drought. Now, some places are issuing voluntary water restrictions.

Waco city officials say 50 million gallons of water has been used on average this summer, which is above average this time of year. Though there’s plenty of water to spare, they want you to watch what you use.

“For us to be hitting 50, 51 million gallons that’s somewhat extraordinary. It’s pretty high. That’s a lot of water,” Jonathan Echols, Waco utilities public relations coordinator said.
It’s no doubt drought conditions have made it hard to keep cool this summer. The city of Waco is keeping a close eye on its water supply.

“Even though it has been very hot, we’ve been fortunate here because of planning in decades past,” Echols said.

Thanks to the city expanding Lake Waco in 2003, the city is in the clear. However, extended drought conditions could change that.

Echols says homeowners overwatering their lawn is putting pressure on the city’s pipes.

“For a lot of people, they probably water more than they need to, so just being a ware and trying to learn how much water your grass or your lawn really does need,” Echols said.

In the heat other Central Texas cities like Robinson, have issued voluntary water restrictions. Hoping to conserve as much water as possible.
“Each summer and this is a hotter and dryer summer but we always see surrounding cities and communities that are already in restrictions and hurting for water,” Echols said.

Meanwhile, officials hope homeowners play it safe and watch their water.

“We want to encourage our citizens to do the same things because we don’t ever want to get to the point where we have to get to those stages.”

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April 29 2021 07:00 pm

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