Mandatory water restrictions may be pushed back a couple of weeks. The City thought the measure would begin in about a week, but it now looks like it will begin in October.
City Water Director Gus Gonzalez will go over a PowerPoint report with Council on Tuesday. He will talk about our shrinking lake levels and the mandatory restrictions, which will mean you cannot water from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
"I could live with it, because it's just for a short period of time," homeowner Rafael Leos said. "I mean, you can always water your grass. It will always be green. I mean, it's going to die, you can just water it and it'll come back. It's not a big deal."
Leos' water sprinkler was giving the front lawn a good watering. While he says it can live with the water restrictions, he also said he does like to come home to a yard full of green grass. Of course, like everyone, he's hoping the drought will break and we'll get some rain.
Speaking of rain, one of his neighbors on Prinston, Richard Coward, still has the rainwater stored up from the last good downpour. That was a while back, but it's all inside of a 55-gallon plastic barrel. He has a spout that pours into another rain barrel, and a spigot on the bottom to attach to a water hose. It's a homemade water-supply system that works.
"That helps because that's about 120-gallons worth of water right there, you know, that you can use for all your plants," Coward said.
Coward said his mother learned about water conservation at a class in Robstown, so both decided to try out a few of the ideas and that's how they ended up with their storage barrel system. It works because the water runoff from the roof heads right down into the blue drum, which has been raised so that it can send water to the other barrel.
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