Water Usage Decreases in Basin 7/23/13
CBS 7 News
July 23, 2013
Since last week, the cities of Odessa and Midland have seen an overall 8 million gallon decrease in daily water usage.
Lush green lawns, a welcome sight after what started out as another hot and dry summer in the Basin.
But, since last week’s significant rainfall, residents haven't had to use quite as much water to keep them looking fresh.
From July 14 to 15, average water usage went from 23 million gallons a day to 14 million gallons a day. That's a 9 million gallon decrease overnight.
"I would contribute quite a bit of that to the rainfall last week," says Odessa Public Information Coordinator Andrea Goodson.
She also says the decrease could be related to Monday not being a designated watering day.
The City of Odessa wants to remind residents that conservation is always important.
"If it's a real windy day, your yard is not getting a lot of water, it's getting blown down the street," says Goodson.
Goodson also reminds residents to be mindful of what time of day they water.
If residents water around midday, "the water is evaporating before it can soak into the ground."
"It could potentially be tempting to keep that green grass, but I think with a little attention, most people can keep that green grass with that twice a week schedule."
Despite the recent rainfalls, the City of Odessa maintains watering restrictions to twice a week.
Even numbered addresses can water on Tuesdays and Saturdays, odd numbers are to water on Wednesdays and Sundays.