As if you didn’t already know, we are in a severe drought. The following release was better featured by and even has city council clips on the formidable LaSanbe blog. He also discussed the abuse of water tanks by companies freely filling up.
In case you are not aware, starting next Friday, water restriction will be enforced in the city of Laredo. You would think this is common sense for residents of Laredo but… maybe the wasteful businesses (yes, companies who frac, recycling water should be something to do) out there are serving as a bad example to individuals. El agua es la vida – let’s try to make it last longer lest we forget that our Rio Grande river, which is our main water source, is estimated to dry up by 2020-2025 according to the U.N.
CITY OF LAREDO UTILITIES DEPARTMENT
Urgent News from “Tommy the Tank”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release Date: July 7, 2011
WHAT: Texas Drought Forces Laredo to Declare Stage 3 Water Restrictions in Laredo
WHEN: Beginning on Friday, July 15, 2011 to September 30, 2011
WHERE: Citywide – throughout Laredo Supply System
WHY: In support of reducing any potential water shortages in the area and to relieve stress on the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant, the Utilities Department requested a motion from the City Council to implement Stage 3 from the Drought Contingency Plan in Laredo, Texas.
The Jefferson Water Treatment Plant is the heart of the City. It provides water to its entire customers with assistance of two other water treatment plants and thousands of linear feet of underground pipes and also ground and elevated water storage tanks. The Jefferson Plant is currently undergoing a massive “heart surgery,” as described by Utilities Director, Tomas Rodriguez, as multiple construction projects are taking place at a cost of over 35 million dollars. Upon completion, the plant will have the capacity to treat a maximum of 65 million gallons of water per day. At the present time the plant is currently only able to produce a maximum of 44 million gallons per day. Records indicate that the plant has produced approximately 40 million gallons of water per day periodically since two months ago. The Utilities Department is also replacing over 60,000 linear feet of deteriorated water mains to assist in reducing water losses and improving system reliability. “Yet, the City of Laredo Utilities Department has managed to maintain an adequate water supply for its customers,” indicated Rodriguez. On June 21, 2011, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality mailed a letter to all public water systems encouraging the implementation of the drought contingency plan due to the widespread of drought conditions in Texas.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mayor Raul G. Salinas and the Laredo City Council approved a motion to implement Stage 3 from the Drought Contingency Plan at the recent council meeting and to become effective on July 15, 2011.
What is a Stage 3?
A Stage 3 is a mandatory water rationing order that limits water use outdoors by restricting customers to water only three days per week. Addresses ending in an EVEN number are only permitted to water Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and those ending in an ODD number are only permitted to irrigate Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
When does a Stage 3 apply?
This schedule applies to the use of automatic irrigation systems, sprinkler hose attachments, refilling of swimming pools, and washing of vehicles. Hand-watering and using a drip irrigation system is permitted any day at any time, except on Sundays. Each Sunday is the day used to replenish all water storage tanks with water to ensure that they reach the maximum levels to continue serving its customers. A Stage 3 applies to all customers receiving water from the City of Laredo.
At what time can I use my water outdoors?
The watering hours are from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. of the designated days. For example, 5816 Daugherty ends in an even number. Therefore, watering can only be done early in the morning before 8:00 a.m. and/or late in the evening after 8:00 p.m. but only on the designated days Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The washing of vehicles can only be done during the designated days at the designated hours and have to use a bucket with soapy water and a hose with a positive shut-off nozzle for quick rinses. Remember: all outdoor faucets must have a hose bibb vacuum breaker (check valve) attached before the hose. Commercial establishments that recycle water can be used any day at any time.
How long will Stage 3 last?
Stage 3 will last for approximately 2 ½ months beginning on July 15, 2011 and is projected to end on September 30, 2011.
CONTACT INFORMATION: For additional information, please contact the Utilities Department Water Conservation Program at (956) 721-2020.