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San Angelo continues to have water concerns

By Allison Price
On April 11, 2014

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As San Angelo residents, we all know the problem with the water shortage in town. There always seems to be a concern because it rarely rains in San Angelo.

The city is not able to collect and save the rainwater. Even when it does rain, there is never enough to go around.

Water conservation and drought is not only a problem in San Angelo, but also in neighboring counties and cites.

Currently, San Angelo is in a drought level two. According to the City of San Angelo, Texas, website, drought level two goes into effect when the city has less than 18 months of water supply.

To come to the realization that San Angelo does not have a year and a half's worth of water supply is scary.

What if those resources were to become even scarcer? This is a rapidly growing concern for the city and for those who live in it.

According to the website, restrictions have been set on when watering can be done.

The city allows watering days once every seven days, but only up to one inch per week.

Landscape or foundation watering with a drip irrigation system is permitted on any day, at any time, only if the total amount of water does not exceed one inch per week.

The city would have to have less than a 12-month water supply to qualify as drought level three.

If the city is bumped to level three, outdoor watering would be prohibited. Also, strict restrictions would be placed on residential water usage.

Many ASU students live off campus. What if their apartment complexes or landlords had to restrict the water usage? No more long showers, no more laundry once a week and etc.

As a community, we have to work together to save the city. Being restricted to only certain amounts of water is not an ideal living situation.

There are several conservation tips that San Angelo residents can take part in. Even here at ASU, we can help save thousands of gallons of water.

The university has redesigned the campus with gravel instead of grass to prevent unnecessary outside watering.

Some useful conservation tips include turning off the water when brushing your teeth or hands. The water does not need to be running that entire one to two minutes. Over time, this conservation method alone could save hundreds of gallons of water in a day.

This is just one step to building San Angelo's water supply, but there are hundreds of other ways that families or individuals can help save water.

It is important to know and be concerned about our city because this problem could get worse over time.

Be informed of the city's procedures on watering, and remember to try and save water at any possible time.


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