BCS utility providers stress importance of continued water conservation

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Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 6:28 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The cities of Bryan and College Station recently experienced the hottest July on record, and judging by this week’s forecast August has the same potential.

With excessive heat and continued drought conditions comes the need to conserve water.

Both Bryan and College Station utilities say now is not the time to get relaxed on water usage.

The City of Bryan is currently under a stage 1 drought contingency plan which asks customers to voluntarily conserve water and limit outdoor watering between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The City of College Station has also called for water conservation. They have asked residents not to irrigate their lawns on Monday and limit outdoor water to two days a week based on the address. Residents have also been asked not to use automatic or hose-end irrigation between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; however watering with a hand-held hose, soaker hose, or drip irrigation is allowed during those hours.

These conservation warnings come as the Wellborn Special Utility District implemented their stage 3 Drought Contingency Plan to help preserve the water supply.

City utility directors say water usage remains high but has not reached critical levels, however, their goal is to proactively preserve and maintain their city’s water supply, should a fire or water line emergency occur.

Water conservation in the city of Bryan appears to be working although usage is still high lingering drought conditions and excessive heat have utility providers asking residents to continue their efforts to conserve water. Despite high usage Jayson Barfknecht Public Works Director for the city of Bryan says they’ve had no major issues.

“Since we issued that a week or so ago we’ve been able to maintain our levels and give a little bit of water out to our neighboring water districts,” said Barfknecht. “Not everybody in the city of Bryan is observing the voluntary request but enough have observed that have made up the difference as far as what we were asking for the customers to do.”

College Station water resource manager Jennifer Nations says the City of College Station continues to see high water usage as well.

“We’ve been averaging around, between 23- 24 million gallons a day for pretty much the past month and that’s really high for us. That’s setting all kinds of records and of course, the weather been setting all kinds of records too,” said Nations.

College Station Utilities says they’ve been able to meet the demand also but they to ensure that it stays that way.

“With us running at such high demand it really doesn’t leave us room for a big water line break or a fire that needs a lot of water flow,” said Nations.

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