Water Quest Report: Water Conservation Committee 4/18/13
CBS 7 News
April 18, 2013
MIDLAND, TX - Cities across West Texas have been adjusting to drought conditions in many ways but citizens play a big role in the effort to conserve water. That's why the City of Midland has formed a committee to help residents do their part.
"We don't know what we're supposed to do we're ready and willing to do it but we just don't know what to do," said Holly Rosas, Assistant Utilities Director, City of Midland.
That's what most Midlanders have told city leaders when asked about conserving water. Which is why the Midland Utilities Department decided to form the Water Conservation Committee.
"To meet and get together a bunch of ideas and proposals for the City on what would work best for the city of midland residents within water conservation," said Rosas.
The group, made up of MISD, Midland College, Keep Midland Beautiful, gardening experts, and Home Owners Associations just to name a few has already established three goals.
"Education we want to educate the public on what they should and shouldn't be doing and develop a planting list, ordinance revisions and we want to do a guidance document for all the residents to give them an outline of what is and isn't acceptable and a drought condition," said Rosas.
Assistance with converting to water saving appliances inside and outside is also being explored.
"For people who maybe need fixtures replaced in the home like shower-heads, aerators, faucet nozzles," said Rosas.
Help for businesses is also in the plans. Assistant Director of Utilities Holly Rosas says it's all about being drought conscious.
"They are Midlanders and they still want grass and plants and that is achievable we just have to work this program so we can get the best benefit for water conservation and still be able to get what our residents want," said Rosas.