College Station asking residents to cut back on water use
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- As we continue to see triple-digit temperatures, water demands are at an all time high too and that's forcing the city of College Station to ask people to cut back before the next step, mandatory water restrictions.
Boyd Sorell lives in College Station and understands exactly how important water is for us and as a natural resource.
"I lived in Africa for several years and I knew how precious water was over there and of course when I grew up in the drought in the 50's I knew how it was there and when I went overseas it was even more important," said Sorell.
Last week the city broke the record for water consumption in one day and they say the record may be broken again today.
"A lot of sprinkler systems will be programmed to go Monday, Wednesday, Friday, it's the start of the work week, everybody is trying to get caught up from the weekend, and then just having additional population we do expect today to be kind of a high demand day," said Jennifer Nations, College Station water resource coordinator.
It's not only the city concerned about water demands, Sorell is too.
"I know in front of my street there's water standing almost every day because of the waste that comes off of other streets," said Sorell.
And wasted water during a historic drought is our biggest problem.
So the city is urging everybody to cut back.
"It's just so important to conserve that water. Remember it's our drinking water," Nations said.
When the water demands reach 90 percent capacity, stage two of the drought contingency plan is triggered. But Nations said if everyone does their part to conserve, mandatory restrictions might not be necessary and Sorell agrees.
"I think it ought to be a group thing that the entire city participates in because water is a precious resource and we all need to share it and we all need to share it equally," said Sorell.