Monday, June 20, 2011

Water Usage In Laredo

As Texas grapples with water level decreases, restrictions on usage are implemented.  But in Laredo there are loopholes.

When the city released the residential watering schedule (see the last bullet point in picture above), I thought it was for any and all exterior water use.  But as you can see by tip #7, a person can water any time and any day, except Sunday, as long as one uses a hand-held watering device.  So you can have a St. Agustine lawn and water it in the middle of the day as long as you stand there and saturate it to your heart's content.  All you need is the patience to stand in the oppressive heat while you physically water the lawn.

I really don't see the point of having a Water Conservation Program if watering is going to be allowed any time.  Most people in the Chacon barrio don't have lush gardens, but that has more to do with economics than anything.  That still doesn't mean that you won't see a green lawn in the hood.

The city needs to do more to promote xeriscaping.  And while they're at it, they need to stop sending out brochures that'll end up in the trash.  

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