A lot has been said about the benefits that the Eagle Ford Shale play has brought to the area, but like anything, there are always drawbacks.
Water is a prized commodity for Laredo and Webb County. We have to be diligent about how it's used. And if it's being resold, that too has to get attention. Laredo's utility director on companies hauling and charging for water:
Charging for freight of water “is not exactly what the ordinance is against,” Rodriguez said.A comparison is done with other communities.
He said the ordinance is in place to prevent citizens from charging neighbors, family and friends for drinkable water.
The City of Laredo charges $3.50 per 1,000 gallons of water, or 0.35 cents per gallon, as determined by traveling water meters.
The cities of Brownsville and McAllen charge $1.92 and $1.30, respectively, per 1,000 gallons.
Talking about water conservation, here's a resident using native plants that are drought tolerant.