Amarillo still not conserving water

May 9, 2014

Credit distancebetweencities.net

Amarillo residents are not conserving water.  The city’s water usage goal is 52 million gallons per day.  Every day this month has exceeded that amount reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

Recently the city council voted to lower the triggers for the city’s Drought Contingency Plan so they take effect sooner.

Amarillo residents generally pay less for water and use more than most West Texas cities.  One of the variables that could affect water use is higher rates. 

“San Antonio and El Paso demonstrated you can drive down use with rates,” said City Manager Jarrett Atkinson.

Amarillo’s water usage hints

■ Do not water on windy days.

■ Water between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

■ Water lawns not more than three times per week.

■ Odd addresses water Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

■ Even addresses water Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

■ No watering on Saturdays.

■ Cool-season grasses need 25 minutes of water.

■ Warm-season grasses need 20 minutes of water.  

Some Texas residents are completely without running water during the summer.  The Ogallala aquifer level drops due to irrigation leaving some residential wells in Lubbock dry.  More of the story from the Amarillo Globe-News can be found here.