College Station residents may see mandatory water restrictions soon

POSTED: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- College Station residents may not get to water their yards every day if water usage demands don't go down soon.

This week the city has exceeded more than 90 percent of capacity for three straight days.

That's the highest it's ever been, so the city might have to start restricting your use.

As College Station gets closer to having mandatory water restrictions, the city is urging its residents to cut back on their excessive use.

"We have 95,000 people in College Station, so 95,000 people all conserving water and all doing their part to cut back makes a huge difference," said College Station Water Resource Coordinator, Jennifer Nations.

When it reaches 90 percent capacity, it triggers stage two of the drought contingency plan, meaning water restrictions could become mandatory and not all residents think it's a bad idea.

"We're not getting any rain so it's not getting any better. You know, so I think we'll be in a worse situation where we can't even water if we don't preserve it now," said Olga Vogel.

And preserving it now, is exactly what the city wants to do to avoid outside watering restrictions and schedules.

"The watering schedule calls for residential customers to water on Tuesdays and Saturdays or Thursdays and Sundays depending on your address."

Two days a week might have some residents in a panic about their yards but one local lawn expert says it won't have a big affect on them.

Owner of Aggieland Green, Tim Schnabel said, "A lot of people think that by watering a lot and watering at the wrong times of the day helps them to keep their grass green but most people just don't realize how to water their landscapes properly."

"I mean we'd love to water our yard every day and keep it green all the time but I think that everybody has to understand that we are in a drought situation," said Vogel.

And it's a situation that doesn't seem to be ending soon, so if everyone does their part to water properly and conserve what they can now, water restrictions might not be necessary later.

To see College Station's recommended watering schedules and tips on how to water, click here.

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