Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Small changes at home can prevent waste

By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 30, 2013 at 2:30 a.m.

Texas is still recovering from the intense drought of 2011. As summer temperatures continue to pelt our area, the city of Victoria is still under Stage 2 of the city's drought contingency plan and may soon enter Stage 3, despite recent rains.

In Stage 2, residents may only water their lawns or add water to their outdoor pools between the hours of 6 to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight. Vehicles may only be washed at home between the hours of 6 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. but may be washed at a commercial car wash or service station at any time. Stage 2 also limits use of fire hydrants to fighting fires and other public health needs and limits the hours when golf courses may be irrigated.

Stage 3 follows the same restrictions as Stage 2, with the addition of limiting which days residents may water. Those with even addresses may water Thursdays and Sundays, while those with odd addresses may water Wednesdays and Sundays.

Water is a crucial source in our daily lives. The dropping level of the Guadalupe River is concerning, and we encourage residents to begin taking extra measures to conserve water now before more restrictions must be added. The city of Victoria's website offers several simple things residents can do as part of their daily lives. Here are some of the tips: • Turn soaker hose holes toward the ground to avoid evaporation.

• When you mow the grass, do not cut it too short. Longer grass holds moisture better.

• Water slowly to increase absorption and do not water on windy days.

• Do not use hot water when cold water will do, such as when washing hands with soap.

Shower instead of taking a bath and install a low flow shower head. • Only use dishwashers or run loads of laundry when you have a full load.

• When shaving, hold warm water in the sink instead of running the faucet.

• Use a pan of water for rinsing items while cooking or cleaning vegetables. Use the disposal sparingly.

These are just a few tips out of several that residents can use to cut back on water usage. We encourage residents to find ways to reduce their water usage now before more restrictions must be made. It is always better to make a change voluntarily than to be forced into it. If we take action now, we can help keep Victoria's water supply at a sustainable level.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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