Rapid growth spikes demand for water

Published: May. 24, 2016 at 5:51 PM CDT
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As the Brazos Valley grows in size, so does the demand for water.

Conserving water could keep the community from going dry this summer. College Station's rapid growth just might spike your water bill.

Jennifer Nations handles the city's water and said water restrictions could be a reality for the area this summer.

"There is plenty of water in the ground, but we might have difficulties getting enough water to our customers, and filling, and refilling our storage tanks overnight,” said Nations.

With dozens of new communities popping up all over town, all with sophisticated agriculture, the city’s water resources are being pushed to the limit.

Charla Anthony is the county's horticulturist. She is teaming up with College Station to teach people how to use water wisely.

"Lawns are the place where we know that water is more often wasted,” said Anthony.

Nations told us that summer trends already put more stress on the water infrastructure.

"On a peak day in the summer, those two towers are going to drain and fill about five times. Whereas in the winter time those same towers might drain and fill twice," said Nations.

The county is helping residents use water smarter. The Brazos Valley WaterSmart website eliminates the guess work of when and how much to water.

Rain gauges around the area measure rainfall, if you sign up for their updates they will send you an email weekly letting you know the best strategy to keep your plants green and pocket full.

The link to sign up for emails can be found on link section on this webpage.

“We know that everyone is busy. There are a lot of great tools out there to help you irrigate and use water efficiently in the landscape, and we want to show, teach, and demonstrate those as much as possible,” said Anthony.

In addition to the website, Brazos County Master Gardeners will put on a 3-part series on water conservation. All of the sessions are free.

Cut your water bill and grown you landscape: May 24 from 7-9 p.m. at Brazos Center

Turfgrass-maintenance and irrigation basics: June 14th from 7-8 p.m. at Brazos Center

Hands-on water conservation basics: June 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 at Brazos County Extension, 2619 Hwy. 21 West, Bryan.

For more information on the sessions check out the link section on this webpage.

Some easy steps to improve gardening efficiency and to avoid large hikes in your water bill include: avoiding watering during midday and checking for broken sprinklers. Water is likely to evaporate if you water during midday, and one broken sprinkler could spray three times the water it is designed to. Simple steps are critical as more people are using the limited resource.