State Leaders Raise Water Conservation Awareness

By Chris Martin

Published 04/01 2014 04:00PM

Updated 04/01 2014 08:28PM

AMARILLO -- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples dropped by Amarillo Tuesday to address the water supply issue in the state.

The Texas Panhandle has had problems with water for countless years. Indeed state-wide, having enough water for various needs is causing trouble again this year.

Commissioner Staples along with State Senator Kel Seliger, State Representative Four Prize, and Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole  wanted to bring awareness to the situation, and call on all residents to do their part.

For Amarillo, the plan is to yet again hold voluntary water restrictions, something that is just not enough for other Texas cities.

Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, and Wichita Falls have all enacted mandatory restrictions.

Staples told us that the Department of Agriculture has issued many grants to help cities whose water supply is at emergency levels, of course, Amarillo is a bit more prepared for this.

Mayor Harpole said the voluntary restrictions worked very well last time around, and should again.

Some of the water tips the state leaders are pushing include watering in the morning or evening to minimize evaporation, checking your faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks periodically, adjusting your sprinklers so that you only water your lawn and not the house, sidewalk or street, and using a broom to clean your driveway and side walk, instead of the water hose.

Mayor Harpole also said that with voluntary conservation, the city shouldn't have to make it mandatory.

You can find water conservation tips at www.texaswatersmart.com

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