Temple likely to implement stage two water conservation

POSTED: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

TEMPLE -- Since summer began, Temple has experienced record levels of water usage.

621,000,000 gallons just in the month of June, which is pushing the city toward mandatory water restriction.

Nicole Torralva, Director of Public Works, said in stage two the city will implement designated days for watering.

"When we move into stage two your watering day is either, Saturday and Wednesday or Sunday and Thursday. Watering on Monday, Tuesday and Friday is prohibited, for outdoor, outdoor watering uses," said Torralva.

Laurens Johnson is currently watering his lawn according to the voluntary restrictions of stage one.

"Now we're on two days a week and I understand it might get worse," said Johnson.

With mandatory restrictions of water use on the horizon, Johnson says there's not much he can do about it.

"We'll be in the same boat as everybody else, our lawn will be dry and so will our neighbors. And, we'll get through it but this is the worst drought we've ever had," said Johnson.

But people who have continued to water without regard to these restrictions may see a different lawn after stage two.

Once mandatory restrictions are in place the city of Temple will be watching the community to ensure people are conserving the city's water.

"We will be monitoring, um, water use, but if we can work together as a community, um, then we'll really be able to, to minimize and mitigate, the likelihood of moving into future stages as well," said Torralva. 

Other residents who wouldn't go on camera said they don't even have a lawn to water or mow because the drought has been so bad.

But as Johnson says, it's a day-by-day process.

"I'm not one to worry about what's gonna happen in the future. I'll take it day-by-day and see what happens."


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